Gathering to learn lessons of past earthquake disasters held in Kobe

February 2, 2015  

Kobe-shi, Hyogo:

An event to learn from the lessons of persons with disabilities' experience with the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011 was held at Kobe-shi in Hyogo-ken next to Osaka on February 1.

A non-profit organization the Hyogo Center for Persons with Disabilities sponsored this event to remember the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January that hit Hyogo-ken, About 200 persons with disabilities from the prefecture and Eastern Japan, persons concerned participated.

Kata Shinsuke (嘉田真典), director of the Hyogo Prefecture Association of the Deaf, lectured on his experience with the Great Hanshin Earthquake:  "Information for shelter and living reconstruction didn't come in soon, because we were unable to hear anything; there was no interpreter at a shelter; the procedure of suffering proof application and the communication with other refuges were also difficult." 

He also pointed out that the similar problems happened even to the Deaf earthquake victims in Eastern Japan.

Person with disabilities and researchers complained, "Problems of welfare for people with disabilities appear at the time of a disaster. It is important always to make the disability support mechanism better ."

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