Disaster information fax for the Deaf tested in western Japan

October 23, 2014

Uwajima-shi, Ehime Prefecture began an examination of the system which carries out fax transmission of the disaster information for the Deaf persons.

The city will recruit users from now on and transmit a tsunami warning, refuge preparation information, etc.

The emergency fax system utilizes the "safety information" system for a mobile phone in order to sent the registrant.

About 300 Deaf persons who don't have a mobile phone will use the disaster information service.

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Interpreting dispatch zone lawsuit reconciled in western Japan

Ikegawa states her joy to reconciliation
in sign language.
(photo: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/)
October 22, 2014
The Deaf woman, Ikegawa Yoko (池川洋子), 43, who lives in Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture,  has appealed against the city as illegal that it did not accept dispatch request for interpreting to the outskirts of the city.

As for the lawsuit, reconciliation was materialized in the Takamatsu District Court on October 22.

In order that Ikegawa might participate in the event in Tokyo accompanying entrance into a school of higher grade of her daughter in 2011, she applied for dispatch of an interpreter, which the city declined as "the dispatch is limited in the city in principle."

Since each self-governing body differed in the correspondence about a dispatch zone, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare notified the outline proposal which also accepts suburban dispatch in March, 2013.

Takamatsu city revised its outline, expanding the dispatch zone in Kagawa in principle from in the city, and also allowing dispatch to the outside of the prefecture if needed in April, this year.

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Related link:
Sign-language-interpreting lawsuit: Talk for reconciliation to start in Kagawa

Deaf students from New Zealand visit Kyoto for exchange program

October 23, 2014

Fifteen people in total, including nine Deaf students aged 17-20, and teachers of Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Oakland, New Zealand, have visited Japan from October 16-26 in order to learn Japanese Deaf culture.

On October 22, the party visited the "Ikoinomura Center for the Deaf" in  Ayabe-shi, Kyoto, and enjoyed meeting with the Deaf persons, making pizza and bread at the bread making division in the center.

Principal  David Foster emphasized the result of exchange by the students who learned many things from the Japanese Deaf persons."

"Ikoinomura" is known as first institution for Deaf persons with multiple handicaps in the whole country.

The party will visit the school for the Deaf in Himeji-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, etc. on Oct. 23.

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Deaf university student continues playing rugby

October 22, 2014

Although WTB Otsuka Takayuki (大塚貴之), 22, of the Teikyo University Rugby Club was born profoundly hearing loss, he has still been trained for four years in the university strongest army corps in Tokyo.

While playing rugby he does not know where an opponent's tackle pounces from after a game starts.

Although communication is important in rugby, he cannot hear a friend's call. He also judges a referee's whistle from his gesture. However, his play does not show a handicap. He has pursued the elliptical ball.

Otsuka says, "My high school team didn't win the prefetural match in Oita in southern island, so I chose Teikyo University." The peak was achieved as a member of the Teikyo University Rugby Club.

Now that he obtained a promise of employment from Panasonic, he continues playing for regular season game until graduation.

Director Iwade Masayuki, 56, who accepted Otsuka's admission into the club, praising Otsuka's eagerness and skill, "He isn't easily extracted from a tackle. The power of acquiring information through his excellently visual ability."    

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Deaf mechanic teaches Deaf students in Central Japan

Yabuta (right) instructs the Deaf
student how to finish operation.
(photo: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/)
 October 22, 2014

Yabuta Tomoya (藪田智也), 23, has been employed at a machine tool manufacturer after graduating from the Nagoya School for the Deaf in 2011, working at the assembly in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

He visited the training building with the boss and gave instruction to eight students in the advanced course of the machine department in his alma mater.

After the training, Yabuta sent an encouraging message to them, "I want you to learn high skill and to challenge craftsmanship."

One of the students who received instruction said, "Even if I have a disability, I would like to follow him who plays an active part in a high level."

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English article: First municipal newsletter featuring “moving sign language lessons” in Saitama Prefecture

Misuzu Takanami (left) and a partner shoot a video
at the Miyoshi town hall in Saitama Prefecture.
(photo: http://ajw.asahi.com/)
October 20, 2014


The Miyoshi town government in Saitama Prefecture next to Tokyo is producing the first municipal newsletter featuring “moving sign language lessons.”

If readers hold a smartphone or tablet computer over a photo or drawing in the monthly newsletter “Koho Miyoshi,” they can watch videos of people giving sign language lessons.

A free app is required to make the system work.

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English article: American CODA and his activities in Japan


Danny Gong (front) and DeafJapan supporters
(photo: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/)
Oct 19, 2014


Danny Gong, the Osaka-based founder of DeafJapan, is the son of deaf parents, the New York native first qualified as a nationally licensed sign language interpreter in American sign language.

He initially came to Japan 10 years ago “for the challenge” and ended up staying.

He has become a bilingual ambassador, providing opportunities for hearing-impaired people in Japan to enjoy activities in English while also linking them up with the global community.

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*This blog entitled "Deaf Japan" does not have any relation with Danny Gong's group.

Deaf group performs dancing through "hearing" sounds

The demonstration of "music for the deaf" by
SOUL FAMILY - They don't look like a Deaf person.
Sayama (left) and Manabe.
An electric stimulus device (center) is operated
by a smart phone. The main part of the device
is attached at the waist. The contact portion to
which Sayama attaches to the arm is put on t
he upper part of the back in practice.
(photos: http://dot.asahi.com/)

October 19, 2014
When I was staring at three Deaf dancers dancing soul music in the back, music stopped suddenly. They were keeping on dancing in silent space. The equipment which conducts music by electric stimulus was called "biri-biri device" on their back. Their performance titiled "music for deaf" was shown as a special guestat the event held in Yokohama.

It was realized by the collaboration of the development team, including a media artist Manabe, 38, known for an idol group  "Perfume" stage production, etc., and the Deaf dancer group "SOUL FAMILY" that Sayama Shinji, 27, leads.

Sayama is dealing with customers at the sign language counter of the cellular phone company. He was charmed by the street dance when he saw on the TV midnight program and began to dance in the school days.

However, he felt more difficult in hearing as he pursued more. His friend recommended a video, which Sayama saw and felt hope.

It was something called "Electric Stimulus to Face" which moves the muscles of a face by the electric stimulus that Manabe attached the electrode to the face and synchronized with music.

Sayama says, "I thought that it was applicable to our dance performance at the moment. Although there was a concept of dance following the system that the sound changed into the color, the electric stimulus is more direct and better. "

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Mt. Ontake eruption: Deaf man yet missing

October 17, 2014

Finally search activities due to the eruption of Mt. Ontake sitting over both the prefectures in Nagano and Gifu, central Japan, on October 16.

The safety of the husband Inoka Tetsuya (45) who have climbed the mountain together with his wife Hiromi (42) is still unknown.

Their friends said, choked with sadness, "The couple are separate until a thaw next spring..."

The Deaf couple lived with the eldest son, an eleventh grader. While Hiromi worked, her husband managed housekeeping.

Hiromi was found with the dead body, finished cremation, and has returned home in Kai-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Her mother learned the search closed and is worried about her grandson. "He is so reliable that he memorizes sign language for his Deaf parents. Although he does not complain, I feel sorry for him." He reportedly says, "Only I can to is: I will do my best."

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Deaf couple involved in eruption while climbing mountain in Central Japan


Deaf and hearing actors to perform comedy in Osaka

A Deaf actor Ohashi Hiroe (right)
practices with a hearing actor.
(photo: http://www.asahi.com/)
October 17, 2014

The two-person play by the actresses who are either Deaf or hearing will be performed in Sakai-shi, Osaka, on November 23-24.

Titled "No name, Not poor, Not beautiful, and not strongest," it was planned by the theatrical company WAHAHA House which works at a base in Tokyo.

It is a strange play which one actor performs focusing on voice and another performs focusing on sign language, aiming at entertaining the audience, both hearing and Deaf.


First anniversary of Tottori Sign Language Ordinance enforced: Social changes by sign language spread

October 12, 2014

It has been one year on October 11 since the Tottori Prefecture in western Japan enforced the first "sign language ordinance" in the whole country which aims at the society that sign language can be used as language.

An opportunity to be familiar with sign language in a school or an office in the prefecture increases, and attempts, such as video remote interpreting service by the Internet, are also progressing.

The similar ordinance was enforced at least five cities and towns in other prefectures, including Hokkaido, Mie, and Saga, this year.

■ Tottori model
Governor Hirai, who has had experienced in interpreting during the college days, tackled positively working on the sign language ordinance. Various enterprises have so far been advanced with the budget of about 140 million yen.

With a video remote interpreting service, the tablet computer connected to the Internet was installed in nine places where public spaces, such as the prefectural office and Tottori railroad station. There were 30 Deaf persons who used the service, the highest number in a month.

About 140,000 copies of the "sign language handbook" (A5-size and 68 pages) of an introductory and fundamental levels to learn practical conversations were published and were supplied widely to the children and students, and staffs of primary schools and junior and senior high schools. The personnel of the welfare division in the Prefectural Office also offered the delivery lecture at a company, etc. The number of applicants for the sign language certificate examination was 130 or more, twice compared with last year.

The first national sign language performance contest for the high school  students will be held in Tottori-shi on November 23, in which 41 teams from 21 prefectures across Japan will participate.

■Five cities and towns throughout Japan
The similar ordinance has been enforced in Ishikari-shi (April 1) in Hokkaido, Shintoku-cho (Hokkaido), Shikaoi-cho (Hokkaido)(October 1), Matsusaka-shi (Mie Prefecture) (April 1), and Ureshino-shi (Saga Prefecture) (July 1).

3.2% of a population of 6,457 is Deaf or hard of hearing (as of March, 2013) in Shintoku-cho in Hokkaido, northern Japan, which has four institutions, such as vocational training facilities for exclusive use, and a nursing home for the aged, etc.

The spread of sign language is progressing on the private sector level from the 1970s, and the town also began the sign language lecture etc. this year. The person in charge of the Health Welfare Division says, "Our goal is that all townsmen can talk by sign language."

The persons concerned in Ureshino-shi, the first in Kyushu, southern Japan, says that after the enforcement of sign language ordinance there have been a lot of inquiries from neighboring self-governing bodies.

The shortage of interpreters is one of the issues currently in Tottori Prefecture. According to the Prefectural Association of the Deaf, there are
41 certified interpreters and 72 interpreting volunteers against about 600 Deaf in the prefecture as of October 1. 

The request for interpreting, such as for a lecture meeting, rapidly increases; 910 cases in 2013 from 522 cases in 2012. An interpreter may have to work for two or more events concurrently.

Also more interpreters with the knowledge of special contents, such as a medical or science field, are called for. However, presently it takes at least four or five years before working as a certified interpreter.

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Matsumura Seiichiro: First deaf founder and principal of school for the blind and deaf in Ishikawa during late 1800's

Matsumura Seiichiro
Matsumura Seiichiro (松村精一郎: 1849∼1890) is known as he started the fourth school for the blind and deaf called the Kanazawa Private Institution for the Blind and Mute (私立金沢盲唖院) in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture in 1880 between the close of the Tokugawa regime and the early years of the Meiji Era. The institution was the fourth after Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka. Matsumura is the first Deaf founder and principal also.

He was born in Fukumitsu, Toyama Prefecture in northeastern Japan. He had smallpox at the age of six, and since then, he became deaf, mute, and poor at walking. Some documents state that he became deaf at the age of 12, or 14.
Matsumura was an earnest student educated by the prominent teachers who had a good knowledge in teaching the deaf, such as Inazaka Kenkichi (稲坂謙吉), Nakamura Masanao (中村正直), etc. 

He learned English under Inazaka, a doctor in Kanazawa-shi through writing. He learned about education for persons with disabilities in the U.S. and Europe through the books introduced by the Dutch to the Kaga clan, a traditional and rich family in Kanazawa.

In 1876, Matsumura gained a great deal of information on the Rakuzen-kai Institution for the Blind and Mute in Tokyo from Nakamura, who was a teacher at the Dojinsha (同人社: the School for Western Learning) in Tokyo, and a member of the founders of the Rakuzen-kai Institution.

Matsumura translated and published the book titled "A System of Modern Geography" (Bankoku Chishi kaitei: 万国地誌階梯) (Japanese translation:  http://kindai.da.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/76154) by Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868), an American geographer, in 1878-1886.

He happened to meet Ouchi Seiran (大内青巒) who had been at Kyoto to make researches into education for the blind and deaf. They visited the Kyoto Institution for the Blind and Mute to observe classes. Ouchi would be the first president of the Rakuzenkai Institution for the Blind and Mute. This move might influenced on Matsumura to work on foundation of the Institution for the Blind and Mute in Kanazawa-shi.

He wanted to start education for the blind and mute, stating the reason for his wish, "For people who worry about the same fate as mine from a bitter experience with misfortune as a person with disabilities like myself."

Matsumura and Umeda Kyuei visited the Osaka Model School for the Blind and Mute and the Kyoto Institution for the Blind and Mute to study how to educate the blind and the deaf children and then founded the school at Kanazawa-shi in 1880 as the fourth school for the blind and mute in Japan. Matsumura made himself the director of the new institution. One of his friends, Tanimura Tomokichi (谷村友吉) helped funding for the establishment of the school.

However, in 1882, the school was closed because of financial difficulties: the annually low enrollment of  the students, an unexpected rise in prices, an epidemic of cholera, a transfer by prefectural governor, etc.

Matsumura paved the way by founding the first private school (戊子義塾) in Kanazawa-shi for the brilliant children who were unable to get education in 1888.

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In 1908, about 20 years after, the Private Kanazawa School for the Blind and Mute (金沢盲唖学校) was founded by Uemori Sutejiro (上森捨次郎).

The reading book for the elementary students titled "The Great Men of Our Hometown" prepared by the Fukumitsu-cho School Education Study Society in 2004 introduces Matsumura, noting that he held out a hand to the children who were not blessed in spite of his own disabilities.

In August, 2007, the Deaf history research group from Toyama Prefecture visited Matsumura's parents' home, and the public hall to see an exhibit on the great men in hometown, guided by a relative of Matsumuras. He explained, "While Matsumura had the triple disabilities, he was so full of curiosity that he traveled throughout Japan." (Japanese source: http://www.toyama.hokkoku.co.jp/_today/T20070809201.htm

Also "The Group of the Fukumitsu Town Collaboration Planning" in Toyama Prefecture installed the wooden signboards which describes three persons' career in the place near each old home on August 5, 2010, in order to tell the public about their distinguished services, including Matsumura's. (Japanese source: http://www.hokkoku.co.jp/subpage/T20100806203.htm).

Staff from Deaf school wins in fencing match held in southern Japan

Kibe (left) and his teammates celebrate the victory in a fencing
match, fleuret, showing a certificate of merit proudly. 
(photo: http://www.oita-press.co.jp/)
October 15, 2014

The 69th National Athletic Meet was held in various parts of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan's southern island on October 14.

On the 3rd day, the team representing Oita Prefecture in the same island maintained an easy advance in the adult fleuret
of fencing match in Isahaya-shi, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Three players, including Kibe Keiji (木辺啓二), a staff of the Oita Prefectural School for the Deaf, won all of four games to the final by the straight victory of 2-0 with preeminent teamwork.

It was the first for the Oita Prefecture team to win the championship in a convention.

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Support sheet for Deaf persons or foreigners installed in city office in eastern Japan

October 10, 2014

As a part of improvement in citizen service, the "support sheet" was installed in a receptionist and each desk of the Fukui City Office in Fukui Prefecture on October 10, aiming at easy communication to advance the administrative procedure for a Deaf person or a foreigner.

The support sheet displays 24 items for check at the desk, such as the purpose of the visit to the city office, and the issue of an identification card, in four languages, Japanese, Chinese, English, and Portuguese, which the visitor conveys an intention by pointing some items on the sheet.

Such a measure is for the first time in a self-governing body within the prefecture. The City plans to add more check items in the "support sheet" upon a request.

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Toshiba's new robot can use sign language

(photo: http://japanese.engadget.com/)
October 8, 2014


Toshiba has unveiled Aiko Chihira (地平アイこ), a humanoid robot that can communicate using sign language at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC), Japan.

It has been designed for a maximum of movement fluidity in its hands and arms, employing 43 actuators in its joints, in order to speak in Japanese sign language.

At this point, its range is fairly limited: it can mimic simple movements, such as greetings, but the company has plans to develop the robot -- named Aiko Chihira -- into a full communications robot by 2020.

Video (Japanese):

Video (English):

Comment on the video: I am sorry but I don't understand what the robot says in sign language probably due to lack of movements of the fingers.

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Tsukuba University of Technology creates a communication mark

The "Communication Mark" to be used
for the publicity work, etc.
(photo: http://www.asahi.com/)
 October 8, 2014

The Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT) located in Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki Prefecture, the only university for the students with visually impaired and hearing loss, respectively in Japan, made the new mark for its publicity work, the "Communication Mark." It will be used for the pamphlet of the university, etc.

The mark shows two objects designed in two colors. Reportedly each object expresses the vision for a deaf person, and the hearing for a visually impaired person, meaning the communication which is not restricted to a disability, the surrounding environment, etc.

The university started as a national junior college on October 1, 1987. The mark was developed in commemoration of  the 27th anniversary including the years of the junior college.

On the communication mark published by NTUT (Japanese):

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NTUT official websiate (English):

Deaf senior wins 3rd place for 5km running near Tokyo area

Takayama Michio, an ardent runner.
(photo: http://www.shimotsuke.co.jp/)
October 6, 2014
In the marathon exchange convention held in the Igashira Park in Mooka-shi, Tochigi Prefecture, south to Tokyo, a Deaf senior Takayama Michio  (高山道雄), 74, was on the dead run, winning the 3rd place with "5km running for men aged 70 and over".

His result was great following the championship of the Kochi convention in southern Japan which he participated last year.

Takayama had competed in the track and field convention since a junior high school student of the Prefectural School for the Deaf.

He participated also in Deaflympics opened in Washington, D.C. in 1965, and gained the 3rd place.

He still joins in the race every place a several times a year.

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Interpreter training program held in Northeastern Japan aiming at test success

The participants study practical sign language,
instructed by the Deaf instructor (right).
(photo: http://www.minyu-net.com/)
 October 5, 2014

The Fukushima Association of the Deaf and other organization opened the practical interpreting training program in Fukushima Prefecture on October 4.

Seven participants attended the lecture with an earnest expression aiming at success of the nationally unified interpreting
examination scheduled in December. There will three more lectures in October.

The program has offered for those who have completed the interpreter training course by the association since four years ago in order for them to obtain the practical knowledge towards the examination.

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Deaf couple involved in eruption while climbing mountain in Central Japan

Photo: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
October 2, 2014

Mt. Ontake (3,067 meters high) in Nagano Prefecture erupted at 11:52 a.m. on September 27.

Inooka Hiromi (猪岡洋海), 42, a Deaf resident in Kai-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture, was found  dead. She climbed Mt. Ontake with her husband, Tetsuya, who is regarded also as having been involved in the eruption. His body has not been found.

On September 29, the city office was contacted by the boss whom Hiromi worked for, saying that she had said she would return to work on September 28 after having climbed Mt. Ontake, but she does not come to office. There is no contact yet about Tetsuya.

According to the couple's acquaintance, about 20 years ago, when Hiromi and Tetsuya belonged to a local drumming group called "Koshu Deaf Drum", they became acquainted.

Hiromi lived with Tetsuya and their son, a eleventh grade student.

*As of October 8, fifty five bodies were found and eight missing.

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H3 World TV (International Sign) : 

2014 Mount Ontake eruption:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Mount_Ontake_eruption

First "sign language cafe" to open in a school festival of Tottori School for the Deaf

The students of the Tottori School for the Deaf put up the school festival poster designed with the photograph of the sign meaning "connected".
(photo: http://www.nnn.co.jp/)

October 3, 2014

The "sign language cafe & restaurant" which visitors can experience sign language freely while eating and drinking will open for the first time in the school festival of the Tottori School for the Deaf in western Japan on October 5.

The students are enthusiastic about how to get a visitor interested in sign language, such as writing the pictures of signs on the menu. They say they want everybody to enjoy learning or using sign language.

The theme of the school festival is "Be connected." The student representatives explain, "Since everybody wants to communicate happily by sign language regardless of hearing ability, we would like to make this event spread sign language."

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Company develops teaching materials captioned for Deaf children as philanthropy activities

October 3, 2014

Dentsu, Inc. located in Tokyo newly made DVD with caption for the Deaf children as teaching materials of philanthropy activities called "The Advertising Elementary School (広告小学校)."

The Advertising Elementary School is a project which aims at board training, which started in 2006. It aims at basic training for promotion of  communication among the children based on such as imagination, judgment, expression, and "business solution by a group" through the production of CM. Teaching materials were developed for three years by the collaboration of Tokyo Gakugei University and the company.

The request at the time when the Deaf children participated in the Advertising Elementary School was the reason for the new DVD captioned, which was possible through cooperation of the non-profit organization Cinema Access Partners.

Advertising Elementary School website (Japanese):

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Laborious works of Deaf students exhibited at Ehime University in Kagawa Prefecture

The work of every student's rich way of
thinking is exhibited in a line in the hall.
 (photo: http://www.ehime-np.co.jp/)
October 4, 2014

The exhibition titled "The Mingle Art of Deaf Students: visualization with the eyes, and feeling by touch" started at the Ehime University Museum located in Matsuyama-shi, Kagawa Prefecture in western Japan on October 3. It opens till November 2.

About 50 works, including pictures and solid works, were submitted by seven alumni and ten students of the Kagawa Prefectural Matsuyama School for the Deaf in the city. The visitor is welcome to even touch a lively expression with full of individuality.

The event was planned to commemorate the 50 years of education research exchange program by the Ehime University Department of Education and the school. The large-scale exhibition by the Deaf students was the first.

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Deaf students from Uzbekistan and Japan enjoy exchange through video conference

Uzbekistan students show a performance.

The Japanese students introduce the tea ceremony. (photos: http://www.jica.go.jp/)

October 2, 2014

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has utilized video conference system called "JICA-Net which connects overseas and each base in Japan directly as a connection means with the country where neither the Internet nor communication technique has generally spread yet.

The students of the Tashkent No. 101 School for the Deaf in Uzbekistan and the Osaka Municipal Hearing Special Support School enjoyed the exchange program on September 18 using the JICA-Net.

First, Japanese students introduced an an animated cartoon, "tea ceremony" as traditional culture with demonstration, judo and soccer.

Uzbekistan students showed the performance of taekwondo (Korean martial art), and dancing of the traditional marriage ceremony.

This exchange saw the 9th year this year.

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Picture book to promote understanding of crime victim

Matsumura appeals for practical use
of the picture book, "Help!".
September 25, 2014 

The non-profit organization called "Omi Crime Victim Support Center" in Otsu-shi, Shiga Prefecture near Osaka has advanced crime victim support, such as creating the Help Card that a Deaf person uses for the report request to the police, etc.

The center made the picture book titled "Help!" (B5-sized, 26 pages) for persons with intellectual disability and children to understand what  crime victim is.

The project was led by the study session on the crime victim which opened for the persons with disabilities in the welfare facility in Moriyama-shi in the prefecture in 2012.

One of the board of directors, Matsumura Hiromi (松村裕美), 63, explained, "A person with disability who has been told not to trouble someone since the childhood tends to think that it is better not to say even if he/she suffers as a victim."

Many echoes are brought from guardians and persons concerned: "This book helps us know the feeling which was not able to be taken into consideration only by means of language."

Since courage is also needed for calling "Help!",  Matsumura wants to develop the environment where a person with disability can raise voice. She is appealing the picture book to be utilized to understand what crime victim is.

Picture book "Help!" (Japanese):

"Omi Crime Victim Support Center" website (Japanese):

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Job training program for persons with disabilities offered in Osaka

September 26, 2014

The "Disability Discrimination Law" which aims at expansion of employment of persons with disabilities, etc. will be enforced in April, 2016.

The employment rate of the persons with disabilities in the hospitality industry was reported low compared with other types of industry.

The International Communication Center for Persons with Disabilities located in Sakai-shi, Osaka Prefecture, entrusted by the prefecture, began a training program related to the hospitality industry for persons with disabilities in order to promote their employment in the hospitality industry.

About 50 persons aged between the 10's and 30's who attend a university, a high school, a special support school, etc. in the prefecture
study business for a maximum of one month at the hotel and restaurant in the Center.

The person in charge of the center expects the experience through the training program leading to activity in a workplace.

International Communication Center for Persons with Disabilities official website (English):

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Deaf children use teaching materials on tablet computer developed by hearing students in Okayama Prefecture

Deaf children and the hearing student check the teaching
materials on tablet computer in the classroom.
(photo: http://www.rsk.co.jp/)
September 25, 2014

The students of the vocational school called "Be-Max" and the Okayama School for the Deaf, both in Okayama-shi, Okayama Prefecture in western Japan, are working on the development of teaching materials together.

In order to support Deaf children to learn Japanese language, development  of the teaching materials on a tablet computer has started.

It is the new measure in Japan that vocational school students advance in the classroom.

On September 25, they observed the situation of Deaf children in the classroom in order to use reference of teaching-materials work.

Then, the group concerned discussed and decided what to do with the contents of teaching materials. The trial version is made based on the discussion and improved repeatedly while used in the school, aiming at the completion in January, next year.

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Annual National Deaf Athletic Meet held for the first time in Okinawa Prefecture

September 27, 2014

The 48th National Deaf Athletic Meet, sponsored by Japanese Federation of the Deaf, was held in Okinawa Prefecture, one of Japan's southern islands. It was the first time for the prefecture to host the event.

The opening ceremony took place at the Prefectural Martial Art Hall in Naha-shi on September 26.

The siblings of the Okinawa team, Takara Miki  (高良美樹), 23, on women's volleyball team, and her brother Shori (昌莉), 20, on rubber-ball baseball team took the player oath. (photo: https://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/)

Ten games of track and field, volleyball, etc. were carried out on both days, September 27-28. About 1100 athletes participated from across Japan.

As for the Okinawa team, 56 athletes competed in six games of rubber-ball baseball, table tennis, volleyball, track and field, tennis, and bowling.

The 49th National Deaf Athletic Meet will be held in Kyoto on September 17-20, 2015.

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