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We pursue the happiness of
all our neighbors and create a
society without giving up.

We aim to create a cultural climate in which we cooperate in pursuit of each other’s happiness and show appreciation for one another. Furthermore, we will create a culture in which people respect and encourage each other's diverse ideas and ways of working.
By pursuing the happiness of all our neighbors as a team and disseminating our idea of the way the society should be, we hope not only Japan but also the whole world would become full of people who respect diversity.
If you feel stuck in any circumstances in society by being forced to accept the common knowledge and customs, you might conclude that the situation is beyond your control. In these cases, we help consider the problem from every angle and seek the solution with you.
By breaking preconceptions and looking at society from different perspectives, we consider the way it should be.
Instead of focusing on the reasons why a task or goal is impossible, we think about how it can be achieved.
Our tireless dedication to break the deadlock gives people hope. This adds to the richness of life for many people and so we will do our best to create a society where no one feels they must surrender their dignity.

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Questioning our social environment.

I felt a strong suspicion about the following definition: persons with disabilities = socially vulnerable people. I first encountered this idea when I founded my previous business in Sendai in 2005. We are all the same human beings, but often, persons with disabilities are not allowed to decide anything about their own life. Their case workers decide everything. This was the typical way of viewing welfare service for persons with disabilities. I was shocked to learn this fact. Although not all parents feel this way, I still occasionally hear the following kind of words. Mothers who gave birth to children with disabilities say to their children, "I'm sorry, please forgive me," or fathers who have children with disabilities say, “My child should stay at home because he/she can't do anything.” Parents of children with disabilities are forced to feel this way, but I am concerned about the social environment which prompts this feeling. The children have no fault, and neither do the parents. The current social view that people with disabilities cannot have hope for the future and the perception that they give up on themselves easily are both problems.

To overcome the harmful effects caused by the era of structurally segregated education system for persons with disabilities.

In reality, many people might be scared of those with disabilities. This obviously shows the harmful effects caused by segregating persons with disabilities from their peers. Typically, persons with disabilities and non-handicapped persons grow up separately during their childhood, the essential age of value creation. However, when we start working, suddenly we all exist together within the same environment, regardless of disabilities. This is the current Japan. We do not know each other, and as a result, we struggle to understand each other. That is because we grew up separately. It is a natural consequence. When we encounter the unknown, we feel fear. This is a natural human instinct. However, is it really ok to remain ignorant? It is difficult to develop diversity— to create a diversified society— relying entirely on the workers of welfare service for persons with disabilities. Thus, I want to change the society by involving a lot of people who, without thinking about welfare service as such, would interact naturally with persons with disabilities.

What I want to realize is a community that promotes an understanding of persons with disabilities and collaborations amongst various community members.

Starting from my hometown, Iwaki, I want to make a community where everyone is organically involved in welfare service but without consciousness of disabilities. The community would be a place where the persons with disabilities and their families can live more easily or, in other words, one in which they do not need to feel diminished. We call this the “Gochamaze view of the society.” We would like to establish this thought firmly, to promote and spread the idea throughout Japan. This cannot be achieved alone. We must rely on many people and cooperate with them, then we will be able to build the ideal society step by step. Since it cannot to be done in a day, I know it is a goal worth pursuing. Please continue to give us: A your support and thank you for reading.

Message from President

  • Questioning our social environment.I felt a strong suspicion about the following definition: persons with disabilities = socially vulnerable people. I first encountered this idea when I founded my previous business in Sendai in 2005. We are all the same human beings, but often, persons with disabilities are not allowed to decide anything about their own life. Their case workers decide everything. This was the typical way of viewing welfare service for persons with disabilities. I was shocked to learn this fact. Although not all parents feel this way, I still occasionally hear the following kind of words. Mothers who gave birth to children with disabilities say to their children, "I'm sorry, please forgive me," or fathers who have children with disabilities say, “My child should stay at home because he/she can't do anything.” Parents of children with disabilities are forced to feel this way, but I am concerned about the social environment which prompts this feeling. The children have no fault, and neither do the parents. The current social view that people with disabilities cannot have hope for the future and the perception that they give up on themselves easily are both problems.
  • To overcome the harmful effects caused by the era of structurally segregated education system for persons with disabilities.In reality, many people might be scared of those with disabilities. This obviously shows the harmful effects caused by segregating persons with disabilities from their peers. Typically, persons with disabilities and non-handicapped persons grow up separately during their childhood, the essential age of value creation. However, when we start working, suddenly we all exist together within the same environment, regardless of disabilities. This is the current Japan. We do not know each other, and as a result, we struggle to understand each other. That is because we grew up separately. It is a natural consequence. When we encounter the unknown, we feel fear. This is a natural human instinct. However, is it really ok to remain ignorant? It is difficult to develop diversity— to create a diversified society— relying entirely on the workers of welfare service for persons with disabilities. Thus, I want to change the society by involving a lot of people who, without thinking about welfare service as such, would interact naturally with persons with disabilities.
  • What I want to realize is a community that promotes an understanding of persons with disabilities and collaborations amongst various community members.Starting from my hometown, Iwaki, I want to make a community where everyone is organically involved in welfare service but without consciousness of disabilities. The community would be a place where the persons with disabilities and their families can live more easily or, in other words, one in which they do not need to feel diminished. We call this the “Gochamaze view of the society.” We would like to establish this thought firmly, to promote and spread the idea throughout Japan. This cannot be achieved alone. We must rely on many people and cooperate with them, then we will be able to build the ideal society step by step. Since it cannot to be done in a day, I know it is a goal worth pursuing. Please continue to give us: A your support and thank you for reading.
  • Questioning our social environment.
  • To overcome the harmful effects caused by the era of structurally segregated education system for persons with disabilities.
  • What I want to realize is a community that promotes an understanding of persons with disabilities and collaborations amongst various community members.
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Becoming conscious about welfare service through an encounter with sign language:

At one point in the past, I didn't want to work as a welfare service worker. It was because when I saw people involved with welfare service as a volunteer worker, I sensed a strong “I’m doing this FOR you” spirit from them. Thus, I felt as if they took away the opportunities for doing what those with disabilities actually were able to do. My image of a person who works for public welfare service was one who was devoted and I thought it would be difficult for me to do their work. I knew the word "welfare service" since I was an elementary school student. At that time, I went to a sign language club in my town. As a visual language, sign language was very attractive to me, and the people using sign language fascinated me, as well. Around the time when I was about to graduate from high school, I was attracted to the beautiful way my deaf friends used sign language, and yet it seemed like they were nearly giving up their future, or I should say, they were forced to do so. I couldn’t make sense of why they needed to give up their dreams simply because they were deaf. However, soon I realized it wasn’t their problem, but it was society’s instead. And yet, at the same time, I felt that that kind of social problem did not concern me, and I could hardly address such a challenging issue.

Changing our society little by little:

When I was a child, I thought I was helpless in the face of social disparity. It stuck with me for a long time. It wasn’t only when I was a student, once I realized the disparity, I started to recognize it everywhere. Now, I don’t think it is a problem we cannot handle, but rather that we can fix it little by little. We made opportunities to have fun times together, regardless of ability, nationality, age, gender and culture. We named the events Gochamaze. We want to spread a vision of an ideal society through Gochamaze; if you feel the difference between you and others, you don’t need to discriminate against people because of the difference. We believe we can change our society to learn from each person’s thoughts and feelings and accept the difference. Our society will change gradually. Through the events, magazines, and conversations with people, we believe our society will change little by little. I would like to share my vision for our community and the broader society with many people; that's my secret ambition.

Message from Vice President

  • Becoming conscious about welfare service through
    an encounter with sign language:
    At one point in the past, I didn't want to work as a welfare service worker. It was because when I saw people involved with welfare service as a volunteer worker, I sensed a strong “I’m doing this FOR you” spirit from them. Thus, I felt as if they took away the opportunities for doing what those with disabilities actually were able to do. My image of a person who works for public welfare service was one who was devoted and I thought it would be difficult for me to do their work. I knew the word "welfare service" since I was an elementary school student. At that time, I went to a sign language club in my town. As a visual language, sign language was very attractive to me, and the people using sign language fascinated me, as well. Around the time when I was about to graduate from high school, I was attracted to the beautiful way my deaf friends used sign language, and yet it seemed like they were nearly giving up their future, or I should say, they were forced to do so. I couldn’t make sense of why they needed to give up their dreams simply because they were deaf. However, soon I realized it wasn’t their problem, but it was society’s instead. And yet, at the same time, I felt that that kind of social problem did not concern me, and I could hardly address such a challenging issue.
  • Changing our society little by little:When I was a child, I thought I was helpless in the face of social disparity. It stuck with me for a long time. It wasn’t only when I was a student, once I realized the disparity, I started to recognize it everywhere. Now, I don’t think it is a problem we cannot handle, but rather that we can fix it little by little. We made opportunities to have fun times together, regardless of ability, nationality, age, gender and culture. We named the events Gochamaze. We want to spread a vision of an ideal society through Gochamaze; if you feel the difference between you and others, you don’t need to discriminate against people because of the difference. We believe we can change our society to learn from each person’s thoughts and feelings and accept the difference. Our society will change gradually. Through the events, magazines, and conversations with people, we believe our society will change little by little. I would like to share my vision for our community and the broader society with many people; that's my secret ambition.
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  • Becoming conscious about welfare service through an encounter with sign language:
  • Changing our society little by little:

We work to create the society as follows:

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The society where the difference in hometowns does not discriminate against anyone.

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The society where the whole community is involved in services for persons with disabilities without hesitation and accepts all the members, regardless of their disabilities.

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The society where no one feels small and is comfortable to live in for persons with disabilities and their families.

Our Aim

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We provide our support for as many people as possible who feel our society is difficult to live in so that they are able to find jobs and stay employed.

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We create a view for the community that promotes an understanding of persons with disabilities and collaborations with various people.

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We aim to form individual values through the educational experiences with disabilities that start in childhood, therefore, this will change the view of the society in 20 years from today.

ActivitiesThe achievements as of January 2018:

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SOCIALSQUARE® is a place of business providing welfare services for persons with disabilities: transition support for employment and rehabilitation service that includes trainings for improving physical functions or social skills, and more. SOCIALSQOUARE is a point of contact between persons with disabilities or those who have difficulties in their lives and the society they live in. We support their will to work and live independently.

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Regardless of ability, nationality, age, gender and culture, our society consists of various people. We plan and conduct entertaining community events for everyone. We call these opportunities Gochamaze®.

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Our thoughts on society and the details of our activities have been published as a web magazine, GOCHAMAZE.jp, and a printed magazine, GOCHAMAZEtimes. We will continue to create the magazine to attract interest and attention from those who are not yet interested in welfare services for people with disabilities.

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SOCIALSQUARE

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SOCIALSQUARE® is a place of business providing welfare services for persons with disabilities: transition support for employment and rehabilitation service that includes trainings for improving physical functions or social skills, and more. SOCIALSQOUARE is a point of contact between persons with disabilities or those who have difficulties in their lives and the society they live in. We support their will to work and live independently.

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GOCHAMAZE

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Regardless of ability, nationality, age, gender and culture, our society consists of various people. We plan and conduct entertaining community events for everyone. We call these opportunities Gochamaze®.

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GOCHAMAZETIMES

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Our thoughts on society and the details of our activities have been published as a web magazine, GOCHAMAZE.jp, and a printed magazine, GOCHAMAZEtimes. We will continue to create the magazine to attract interest and attention from those who are not yet interested in welfare services for people with disabilities.

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