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2016 Vol.4
Our Efforts to Promote Open-Access Welfare Facilities


In 2012, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting conducted a project aimed at promoting openaccess welfare facilities (kyosei-gata fukushi shisetsu ) for the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. In this project, we conducted studies, held discussion groups, and created a handbook. Since the completion of the project, we have continued to engage in educational and informational activities as part of our voluntary research activities in order to address issues that may arise after the creation of the handbook. These activities include providing information to local government employees, local residents, and relevant specialized organizations and experts. As a result of the project, 15 facilities have been created in three prefectures: Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima. As welfare centers located in areas that suffered an earthquake disaster, these facilities provide a place that supports local residents, offering consultation, organizing community events, and conducting activities for supporting people’s daily life. We disseminate information on such activities, hoping that more facilities will be created and operated nationwide with similar concepts. Issues associated with actually creating open-access welfare facilities include securing funds for setting them up and for operating them. The experience of Kochi Prefecture indicates that it would be effective to expand the effort to various prefectures. It is important to also solicit involvement from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare along with other relevant organizations.