May 11, 2016
Japanese Federation of the Deaf, a national organization of the Deaf in Japan, has requested to the Government and TV stations for subtitles and interpreting every time when a disaster occurs. However, the information accessibility for the Deaf community hit by Kumamoto Earthquake has not been improved.
In order to help the Deaf/deaf survivors in Kumamoto Prefecture on the updated information about the recent earthquake, Sato Mami, 39, the leader of a Deaf/deaf support group, "HAPUNE," in Yamagata Prefecture established the web site on the relief information resource for Deaf/deaf disaster survivors in sign language and text on April 18 (photo).
Sato appeals the hearing community to understand how the Deaf/deaf people in a disaster area feel suffered because of lack of vital information.