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    mcorb
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    Hello Josh and fellow AccessibleJapan discussion board members,

    I’m a researcher with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and I’m very interested in learning more about Japan Post’s Watch Over program for seniors. The Union is currently working on a campaign to promote a similar program here in Canada, and Japan Post seems to have a good model to learn from. That said, apart from a few posts here and there (including on this website), it’s been pretty difficult to find English-language information about the program.

    I’m writing here to ask if anyone here might be able to direct me to anything I might find useful to learn more. Also, if anyone here has first-hand experience of the program or know someone who does, it’d be great to hear about them!

    Thanks!

    Matt C.

  • #11081

    josh
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    Hi Matt,

    First of all, I would like to apologize that this somehow slipped through the cracks and it has taken so long to get to you!

    I am not an expert on it but there seems two be two tiers and an optional service to check on your loved one upon request (within one hour).

    The regular service is about ¥2500/mo and a postal employee will visit the loved one once a month and send you a report (based on a survey of 7 basic questions plus 3 more you can chose from a list of 27.)

    A phone call service is about half of that (price varies depending on if the phone is landline or cell) with a daily automated call.

    Here is the page in Japanese: https://www.post.japanpost.jp/life/mimamori/howto.html
    (You can try Google Translate on it here: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&u=https://www.post.japanpost.jp/life/mimamori/howto.html)

    Hope this helps, feel free to follow up with further questions!

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