Internation Epilepsy Day report
On February 7, 2016, the day before the International Epilepsy Day 2016, Japan Epilepsy Society and Japan Epilepsy Association jointly organized a lecture meeting in Tokyo. Over 200 participants and many from the mass media attended the meeting.
The program was as follows.
14:00-14:05 Opening address
Amami Kato (Chair, Publicity Committee, Japan Epilepsy Society) explained the designation of the International Epilepsy Day and the relationship with Saint Valentine.
Makiko Osawa (President, Japan Epilepsy Society) talked about epilepsy and the global movement surrounding epilepsy, focusing on the WHO resolution.
14:20-14:30 Report from government official
Katsushi Tahara (Director, Mental Health and Disability Health Division, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare) reported the policies for epilepsy in Japan, especially on the designation of core hospitals in order to build a community medical service system for epilepsy
14:30-15:00 Memorial speeches (messages from persons with epilepsy)
Takaya Hara (Reporter, Medical News Department, Yomiuri Shinbum) presented a talk with the title “Living with Epilepsy”.
15:10-15:40 Memorial performance
With the wish for “global dissemination of correct understanding in medical care for epilepsy”, Sae Sasajima (professional calligrapher) performed big-brush calligraphy and wrote a large Japanese character for “wave” (波) in purple ink, as an image of EEG that is indispensable for the diagnosis of epilepsy.
15:40-15:50 Light-up by all
Mariko Yokoyama (Secretariat, Hand Stamp Art Project) introduced their project aiming to collect the hand stamps of 100,000 children with disabilities including epilepsy, to make a poster for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. The whole venue, lighted up in purple, was full of emotion.
15:50-16:00 Closing remarks
Keiji Tsurui (President, Japan Epilepsy) talked about “Declaration on Epilepsy” with the goals to eliminate stigma on epilepsy and provide proper understanding and medical and health care for epilepsy.
International Epilepsy Day Photo