Association to support education of the deaf and blind in Hakodate commended

 October 17, 2012

The "Hakodate association to support education of the deaf and blind" in Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido was chosen for the special-support-education section of the 43rd Hakuho Award, is presented to the educational group and individuals who contributed to enhancement of rich humanity.

The association saw establishment of 100 years this year, having supported management of the schools for the deaf and blind in the area by the local group for years, which was highly evaluated.

The association was formed by 44 residents in 1912 in order to support the "Hakodate Institute for the Blind and Deaf-Mute," a private school troubled by financial difficulties at that time.

The association shared funds for the student's school expense subsidies, or a substantial facility, and continued supporting education of the children with disabilities. Helen Keller (1880-1968) visited the school in 1937 and admired the charitable work of the association.

Although the school was put under the control of the Hokkaido Prefecture Office and was divided into the Hakodate School for the Blind, and the Hakodate School for the Deaf after the war in 1945, the association with 390 members has continued the effort.

The Hakuho Education Development Association in Tokyo which Hakuhodo, the advertising agency, established as a foundation in 1970, has five sections, such as Japanese language education, etc. besides special support education. It chooses 20 organizations and individuals every year for the Hakuho Award.

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Calling for installation of vending machines for Deaf support

The original vending machine installed by the Deaf association in Hyogo Prefecture.

October 22, 2012
The Hyogo Association of the Deaf ties up with a famous beverage manufacturer, being undertaking "supported type beverage vending machine installation to spread projects" which can contribute a part of proceeds for the association. 

The vending machine has been installed in three places in Hyogo Prefecture. 

This project is not only to offer a drink, but also to allot a part of proceeds from the vending machine as "the collection box" for spread of deaf awareness and sign language,   

Since a beverage manufacturer's company name does not go into the design of the vending machine, the association is allowed to install it with an original design and the message which appeals for an understanding and support of deaf awareness and sign language to many those who consider to install a vending machine or who buy a drink. 

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Sign expressing the feature of "Osprey" aircraft in Okinawa

The deaf persons show how to sign for the Osprey which express the feature of its body. (from right to left)

October 22, 2012 

Among the Deaf community of Okinawa Prefecture in the southern island of Japan, the sign expressing Osprey aircraft has spread spontaneously. They sign by pointing the index finger of both hands up, turning like a propeller, and then combine with the existing sign of the airplane which expresses the feature of the osprey which has a function of both a helicopter and an airplane (see the photo). 

The Prefecture Association of the Deaf executive director, Higa Takeshi-san explained, "Many people here are worried about the safety of Osprey. The Deaf and hard of hearing people who have limited accessibility to text information are collecting the information about Osprey through signed conversation." 

Higa-san has met the persons using the same sign for Osprey in different parts of the prefecture. When he pointed his index finger of both hands upward, and moved them like a propeller to mean Osprey, he was surprised to see other Deaf persons doing the same motion.
Higa-san says, "Although one thinks that the individual expressed the feature of the body at first, if intelligible, it will become the sign more common to the whole country." 

The Deaf community including sign language interpreters have doubts about the  deployment of Ospreys in Okinawa despite of the fierce opposition in the prefecture, fearing whether Ospreys crash into the city while safety not being secured. 

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Muroran School for the Deaf alumni members meet for the 60th anniversary of establishment

October 15, 2012

The alumni association members of the Hokkaido Prefecture Muroran School for the Deaf visited the Muroran Gensen Institute for Deaf Children (室蘭言泉学園) in Bokoiminami-machi, Muroran-shi, and the private Muroran Institute for the Deaf-Mute (私立室蘭聾唖学院) monument built in the site on October 14, renewing deep emotion.

The private Muroran Institute for the Deaf-Mute which later changed to Muroran School for the Deaf was relocated near the its present location in 1936.

Since the alumni association became the 60th anniversary, it opted for erection of the monument and built in the site in July, 2012 by donations, etc. given from the whole country.

The general meeting and the memorial gathering were held in two days, October 13-14. The general meeting held on the first day in Noboribetsu Hot Spring was attended by 63 persons. The lecture and the social gathering were held after the officer election, and the participants stayed overnight in the hot spring.

On October 14, they visited the Muroran Gensen Institute and took the commemorative photo in front of the monument. The Institute was just repaired this year.

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Institution for Deaf persons with additional disabilities celebrates 30th anniversary

Participants celebrate the 30th anniversary of foundation on stage.

October 21, 2012

The first institution for Deaf persons with additional disabilities, called "Ikoinomura Deaf Center" located in Ayabe-shi, Kyoto Prefecture, in the whole country was founded in 1982.

The center, which offers the Deaf persons with additional disabilities the program related to living and labor, has played the role as a welfare base of the northern prefecture equipped with special elderly nursing home, etc.

The center held an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of foundation on October 20. About 2,000 institution persons concerned were present. They looked back upon the past, and promised that they would work harder for the development of welfare of the Deaf with additional disabilities.

The works of the center people were exhibited. Stage performances and the booth were also prepared. People from the institution for persons with disabilities in northern Kyoto and local residents including the center staff made a speech, by which the visitors deepened an understanding of multiple disabilities and the institutions.

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Deaf students enjoy playing music for their music club activities

Deaf students play music.

October 19, 2012 

The Aichi Prefecture Nagoya School for the Deaf, located in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, has a music club.

Music club members catch a melody by vibration of a drum and a base, and play an instrument rhythmically following other member's motion. 

They remember the image of music into the body. The band is pleasant even if they cannot hear sound.
The music club is consisted of seven Deaf students aged between 13 and 20. Many of them had never touched a musical instrument. 

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Wolrd Deaf Golf Championship held in Tsu-shi, Mie Prefecture

October 10, 2012

The 9th Wolrd Deaf Golf Championship, sponsored by the Japanese Deaf Golf  Association, started in the Tsu Country Club of Tsu-shi, Mie on October 9.

The championship is opened in the world once in two years. It has held Scotland, Canada, Sweden, the U.S., etc. Holding in Japan was the first.

Over 90 golfers participated from 13 nations, including Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, etc.

Until the final round on October 12, each participant will compete, exchanging the international friendships.

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Wife of Alaska governor visits Japanese Federation of Deaf office

Sandy Parnell (3rd from the right) greets in the Japanese Federation of Deaf office.

October 1, 2012

On September 27, Thursday, 2012, Sandy Parnell, the wife of the Alaska Governor Sean Parnell came to the Japanese Federation of Deaf office in Tokyo.

She studied sign language in the sign language course at the university in the US, been interested in the support service to the Deaf disaster victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. She accompanied the governor who visited Japan.

Director Hisamatsu explained the situation of the Deaf victims unable to get vital information when the Earthquake hit the areas, the support services by the Federation and its local organizations, measures, such as development of the manuals on the safety check, the dispatch adjustment of a sign language interpreter, etc.

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Deaf yachtsman challenging the sailboat

Kitahara-san (right) operates a sail skillfully during the race in the Inage Yacht Harbor in Chiba City on September 15.

October 2, 2012

Kitahara Toshiyuki-san (45), a Deaf office worker, participated in the "Autumn Regatta Yacht Race" (play by two-persons) for the first time in Chiba-shi, Chiba Prefecture on September 15.

With his fellow, Saito Takeshi-san (65) who is the Chiba Prefecture Sailing League vice president as a steersman, Kitahara-san (Mr. Kitahara) ran 1 km twice. His team finished at the 9th place out of the 24 teams.

Kitahara-san who lost hearing at the age of five said, "although it was bad weather, we have run the whole distance somehow. I was glad that I was able to step forward to take at last".

He, who attended the School for the Deaf in Tateyama-shi, Chiba Prefecture, found a job at the sporting-goods maker after the graduation from a vocational school for design.

He acquired the paramedic's certificate and was concerned with the sea through acting as a Life Saver.

Kitahara-san began to strive for muscle training or swimming during the break time of work and holidays, passed the skill test of the Japan Sailing Federation by first taking an examination, and then he got the qualifications for entry to the domestic formal race for the first time as a Deaf person in July.

He participated in the race using the sailboat which belongs to the Inage Yacht Harbor and made it.

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Deaf student to compete at nail art event in national convention

October 1, 2012

A high school senior Hirata Miyu-san (17), who majors in hairdressing at the Kagoshima School for the Deaf in Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture in the southern island of Japan (Kyushu) won the first prize in the hairdressing section and the nail art competition at the National Hairdressing Cosmetics Students Technical Convention-Kyushu Area Convention held in Fukuoka in August.

She will join the said section as the first student from the school at the National Convention which will be held in Chiba Prefecture in November.

Hirata-san who became interested in nail painting when she was a grader joined  the free nail art at the school cultural festival when she was a high school freshman.

Although she had a hard time to communicate with the customers, she tried to understand what they wanted through her hearing-aid and the motion of a mouth, etc. Even she proposed a nail art design suitable for a dress or a color, which made the customer happy. It was when she started dreaming of a nailist.

In addition to the lesson at the school, she continued studying a magazine and the Internet also. Prior to the Kyushu Area convention, she went school frequently almost every day to practice hard during the summer vacation. She got her mother to cooperate at home in order that she could improve the nail art technique.

Hirata-san said, "My dream is to becoming a nailist. I will try harder for better work than the Kyushu Area convention." 

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Deaf women's volleyball team from Okinawa to play at National Sports Meet in Gifu Prefecture

The Deaf women's volleyball players

September 29, 2012

The 12th National Sports Meet for the Persons with Disabilities will be held for three days from October 13 in Gifu Prefecture. It is one of the greatest festivals for the disability sports in Japan.

From Okinawa Prefecture, 26 athletes in individual events and three groups of 34 athletes will participate in the national meet.

A team of ten players will participate in women's volleyball. It won a bronze medal both at the meet in Chiba two years ago, and the 2011 Sports meet in Yamaguchi.

The teammates have practiced hard aiming at the championship in the upcoming meet. The volleyball game is scheduled to be held in the Gifu Prefecture Gymnasium on October 13.

Head Coach Shimajiri Hirotoshi-san said in expectation, "if our teammates play calmly, the victory will be ours absolutely."

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Emperor and Empress visit Gifu Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the National Athletic Meet

The Emperor and Empress speak to the workers in the social welfare service facility in Gifu City.

September 29, 2012

The Emperor and Empress visited Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture on September 28 in order to attend the comprehensive opening ceremony of the 67th National Athletic Meet the next day.

They visited the Prefecture Museum of Fine Arts after arriving at JR Gifuhashima Station with the Shinkansen, and then the social welfare services facility which offers the persons with disabilities job training, etc.

His Majesty the Emperor spoke to those who were making a briefcase, "How long have you worked on the product?"

The Empress encouraged the hard of hearing woman by sign language.

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First magnetic loop installed on the bus on a regular route in the whole country

The sticker tells loading the magnetic loop for hard of hearing persons.
The green mark represents the hard of hearing.

September 27, 2012

As a group hearing device which helps a hard of hearing passenger to hear an announcement clearly, a magnetic loop is installed on the bus which is running the route in Ube-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

It was studied and developed by the maker of Kyoto as the Government project. The device makes a person with a hearing aid or cochlea implanted hear an announcement in the car clearly without being bothered by a surrounding conversation and sound.

The City Traffic Bureau says that the introduction of such a device to the bus on a regular route is the first in the whole country.

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