Thursday, 3rd July 2008
In General Japan News,
Leader of Kawasaki volunteer nursing group honoured
A woman has been honoured for her work in the field of nursing care in her Kawasaki neighbourhood.
Keiko Suzuki, who leads a nursing care volunteer group, received the prize for outstanding community service by the Tokyo-based Japanese Research Association for Community Development.
The association expressed its high regard for the work of the group, claiming it to be a model for reviving regional community power in Japan's urban areas, reports the Daily Yomiuri.
Due to her energetic work, 61-year-old Ms Suzuki is often referred to as "super-nursemaid".
The group, named Suzu no Kai, responds to more than 600 nursing requests from local residents every year. It began as a collection of housewives and has received national notoriety as a successful example of mutual aid through nursing care provision.
A study of community power structures in Japanese towns and cities was recently undertaken by Yasumasa Kurodaof the University of Hawaii.