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Agencies Serving Blind & Partially Sighted People

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Bunkyo School for the Blind
1-7-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, 112 0004 Tokyo, Japan.
Tel: +81 33811 5714
Fax: +81 33812 3446

Eye Mate, Inc.
5-8-7 Sekimachi-Kita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 177-0051, Japan.
Tel: +81 3 3920 6162
Fax: +81 3 3920 6063
Activities: Training and instruction of guide dogs.

Hokkaido Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Nishi-8, Minami-30, Minami-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido 005-0030, Japan.
Tel: +81 11 582 8222
Fax: +81 11 582 7715
Activities: Training and instruction of guide dogs.

Information & Culture Center for the Blind
1-13-2 Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka 550, Japan.
Tel: +81 6 6441 0015
Fax: +81 6 6441 0039
Activities: Part of the Nippon Lighthouse Welfare Center for the Blind the ICCB is a center to provide the users all over the country with information and knowledge necessary for the visually impaired person. The services include the free lending out of Braille books and recorded cassettes as well as community services and cooperation with other libraries for the blind.

Japan Braille Library
1-23-4 Takadanobaba, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0075, Japan.
Contact person: Tetsuji Tanaka
Tel: +81 3 3209 0241
Fax: +81 3 3204 5641
Activities: JBL serves visually impaired people by loaning braille books and talking books. It also provides other services including braille classes, computer training and sales of products designed for the people with visual impairment. Regarding the international cooperation, it has been providing training workshop since 1993 on computerized braille production.

Japan Deafblind Association (JDbA)
Jimbocho Center Building, 7F 2-5 Jinbo-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0051, Japan.
Contact person: Akemi Fujii
Tel: +81 3 3512 5056
Fax: +81 3 3512 5057
Activities: JDbA was established to promote the services for the deafblind. Projects include: Counseling and guidance; Training and dispatching interpreters; Lending equipments; Publishing a biannual magazine; Organising an annual convention to raise awareness.

Japan Guide Dog Association
Shibuya-YT02 bldg. 3rd Floor, 21-3 Shinsenn-cho, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Tel: +81 3 5452 1266
Fax: +81 3 5452 1267
Activities: To establish and manage guide dog training centers, To educate guide dog trainers and instructors in walking with a guide dog, To research and develop better ways of breeding, To share knowledge and experience with other support groups or organizations for visually impaired people, To offer visually impaired people several rehabilitation programs, To work on public relations to spread and deepen the understanding of guide dogs.

Japan International Blind Exchange and Cooperation Network (JIBEC)
2-24-5-201 Koishikawa, Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-0002, Japan.
Contact person: Toshiaki Aomatsu, President
Tel: +81 3 3818 3009
Activities: JIBEC's focus is on international exchange and cooperation specifically related to people with a visual impairment. Activities are as follows: Exchanging ideas with and supporting foreign visually impaired trainees and students in Japan; Providing information and support for Japanese visually impaired people who want to be actively involved in international exchange and cooperation; Collecting and translating information about issues related to the visually impaired community both in Japan and in other countries; Organizing exchange programs for foreign and Japanese visually impaired people.

Japanese Federation of the Blind (JFB)
1-10-33 Takadanobaba Shinjuku ku, Tokyo 169-8664, Japan.
Contact person: Takeshita Yoshiki
Tel: +81 3 3200 0011
Fax: +81 3 3200 7755
Activities:The Japanese Federation of the Blind (JFB) is the federation of all the associations of the visually handicapped in all districts of Japan. JFB is engaged in promoting petition and requirement to the national and local governments on the decision of policies for the visually handicapped, concerning human rights, welfare, education, occupations, and environment

Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (JSRPD)
1-22-1, Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0052, Japan.
Contact person: Mr. Ichiro Kaneda, President
Tel: +81 3 5273 0601
Fax: +81 3 5273 1523
Activities: JSRPD promotes rehabilitation and the activities of persons with disabilities through research, provision of information exchange, cooperation with Rehabilitation International, implementing international training programs and supporting networks of domestic and Asian and Pacific NGOs. It also develops web contents and disseminates information world wide through the internet in cooperation with international organizations, and develops and promotes web accessible systems including DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System).

National Committee for the Welfare of the Blind
c/o Tokyo Metropolitan Association of the Blind Building, 1-9-23, Takadanobaba, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075, Japan.
Contact person: Yoshihiko Sasagawa, President
Tel: +813 5291 7885
Fax: +813 5291 7886
Activities: Activities to communicate and to support and to subsidize the blind associations and the welfare institutions in Japan; to communicate and to cooperation with the blind associations in foreign countries; Research of welfare, culture and education of the blind; to collect and to give information about welfare of the blind in both foreign countries and Japan; of public relations to enlighten people about welfare of the blind.

National Council of the Agencies for the Welfare of the Blind
10-10 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-005410, Japan.
Contact person: Mr Akio Honma, Director
Tel: +81 3 3357 9579
Fax: +81 3 3357 9579

National Institute of Special Education
Department for Educational Support Research: Visual Impairments, Japan.
Tel: +81 468 48 4121
Fax: +81 468 49 5563
Activities: Conducts intensive research on education for blind and visually impaired children, especially reading and writing. Projects include research on training programs for efficient Braille reading and computer literacy, tactile reading of graphic information, efficient use of low vision aids, development of language skills and the development and application of high-tech devices and software.

National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities
1, Namiki 4-chome, Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture 359-8555, Japan.
Contact person: Dr. Kenji Yanahima
Tel: +81 42 995 3100
Fax:+81 42 995 3102
Activities: To contribute to the promotion of the welfare of persons with physical disabilities by providing comprehensive rehabilitation services and by developing rehabilitation techniques. The Department of Diagnosis and treatment has an Ophthalmology unit which consists of Ophthalmologists, Orthoptists, Social Workers and Instructors of Living Skills Training.

Nippon Lighthouse Welfare Center for the Blind
2-4-37 Imazu-Naka, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka, 538-0042, Japan.
Tel: +81 6 6961 5521
Fax: +81 6 6968 2059
Activities: Nippon Lighthouse provides: Vocational training, rehabilitation, sheltered workshops, Osaka Home for the Blind, Mobility Center and Instructor training.

Vocational Development Centre for the Blind
10-3 Honshio-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0003, Japan.
Tel: +81 3 3341 0900
Fax: +81 3 3341 0967
Activities: For vocational rehabilitation of visually impaired persons, the following Programs are organized regularly: 1) Two vocational programs for visually impaired persons; typing lessons to transcribe tape-recorded speeches, and PC training for clerks; 2) Promotion of computer-related aid equipments by offering training programs, training instructors, organizing contests, research and development, and information services; 3) Technical assistance to visually impaired persons in Asia through group training programs in Technical Aids and the International Seminar on Assistive Technology for the Visually Disabled.


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