Life saving device approved with "ear mark" by hard of hearing group
November 14, 2016

"Ear mark" (photo: green) shows hearing disability, promoted by the National League of Hard of Hearing and Deafened in order to spread recognition about hearing impairment in the public aiming at comfortable social realization. 

The "Ear mark" has been allowed by the League on October 11, 2016 to be used on an automated external defibrillator (AED) sold by the Japan Lifeline Corporation (headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo) as it was designed to fit the needs of a person with hearing impairment. (photo)

When using AED, any person with hearing impairment can follow certainly by the pictures shown on the body of the device, a lamp flash and a use procedure manual.

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Princess attends national junior high school opinion contest

November 13, 2016

The "National Junior High School Opinion Contest" that a junior high school student remarks through a daily experience was held in Tokyo on November 13. Princess Kako, the second daughter of Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya attended, too. (photo)

Twelve junior high school students chosen from the applicants across Japan gave their own opinion at the 38th contest this year.

The welfare and concerning with a person with disabilities as  theme were most presented. The boy who was a first-year  student stated with sign language from his own experience with his Deaf grandparents who took care of him: "It is necessary not to regard a disability as special, but to accept each other." 

The girl who was a third-year student used sign language, too when making an opinion. "I accept my hearing impairment as the individuality and believe communicating with a person is important." She was chosen the best at the event.

Princess Kako, who has learned sign language and attended a national high school sign language performance contest, was listening to opinion of each junior high school student eagerly.

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National high school lunch contest held in Shimane Prefecture

November 12, 2016

The National High School  Packed Lunch Contest was held at Matsue-shi in the prefecture, part of western Japan on November 12. 

It was the event with which high school teams competed to pack lunch using local specialties and a recipe in Shimane Prefecture. A theme of the contest was "Packed lunch with the rice that makes the locals happy".

Hokkaido Mikasa High School (Mikasa-shi, Hokkaido) won the first place (picture). Coming out second best were two teams including Tokyo Metropolitan Katsushika School for the Deaf.

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Tottori Earthquake: contribution donated from entry schools in sign language contest

November 12, 2016

Some schools, who participated in the 3rd National High School Sign Language Contest held at Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori Prefecture in September, donated or sent a letter of cheers for the people hit by an earthquake on November 21.

"We'd like to do something for Tottori Prefecture." 
"Please come back as it was used to be as soon as possible."

The colored paper full of words of an encouragement reached the Prefecture Office in the end of October. Nine students of the Tokyo Metropolitan School for the Deaf who participated in the contest for the first time wrote their thoughts and wishes for reconstruction.

The officials concerned feel thankful for what these students did through a connection with the national contest. 

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Tokyo Governor appeals by sign language on "Para Sport" website newly established

November 11, 2016

Tokyo Metropolitan Governor Koike Yuriko announced that the information website on disability sports titled "TEAM BEYOND" was established in order to liven a time for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics at her press conference on November 11.

Koike, who says she is learning sign language, appealed using sign language, "Let us all create the future in Tokyo." (photo)

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Actress requests interpreting for Deaf grandparents while appearing on TV interview

November 10, 2016

The anecdote about NHK's TV program titled "Family History" about an actress Saito Yuki, 50, aired on November 10 became clear. (photo)

Saito Yoshio, her grandfather of a mother's side, became sick and lose hearing at the age of two. He got over difficulties and became a craftsman professed in an obi, a broad Japanese sash for a kimono. He worked hard for advocacy of the Deaf community with his Deaf wife, which was commended from the Government.

When Yuki appeared first in the TV program titled "Tetsuko's Room" in 1986, she requested for sign-language interpreting for her Deaf grandparents, which was consented.

However, Yoshio has died three days before the broadcast. While a funeral was prepared, according to Yuki's aunt, the  program was broadcast.

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Bus company introduces video relay service on iPad

November 7, 2016

The Western Japan JR Bus introduced a VRS system using iPad, called "FACE touch me," at a bus ticket center in Osaka and Kyoto on November 7. 

The attempt is the first time at a main bus terminal in Kansai area according to the bus company.

By the new service, a foreigner, an operator and a ticket staff communicate using a video via an application. This system also corresponds to three languages (English, Chinese and Korean) and Japanese sign language.

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Sign language forum held in Tottori Prefecture

November 7, 2016  
The drama was performed focused on  
missing of expectation or misunderstanding.

The Tottori Prefecture Sign Language Forum was held at Tottori-shi in the prefecture, a part of western Japan, on November 6. Participants deepened understanding to sign language through lectures and a drama.

The event was organized by the Prefecture Association of the Deaf with support from the New Nihonkai Shinbun company and others.

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Deaf center celebrates 10th anniversary in Okayama

November 6, 2016

The commemorative ceremony and the festival which commemorated establishment for 10 years of Okayama Prefecture Center for the Deaf located in western Japan were opened at the center on November 6.

Ando Miki, a Deaf woman and chief director the non-profit organization named MAMIE in Osaka, presented a lecture titled "Living with a hearing dog."

A program took place in the hall, such as support groups for the Deaf exhibited panels about their activities, a hard of hearing members performed hula dance in the afternoon and so on (photo).

The center offers a lecture to support independent living of Deaf/deaf persons and trains sing language interpreters, etc.

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Hearing pro wrestler makes first entry in Deaf wrestling game

November 6, 2016  
Onita (right) and Tomoryu

A hearing pro wrestler Onita Atsushi entered and defeated an opposition from "The Wild Army" by the first tag with a Deaf wrestler Tomoryu of "The Hero Regular Forces" at the Deaf professional wrestling event, "WILD HERO," held in Tokyo on November 5. (photo)

The HERO that was defeated by the Wild Army in the sport event on November 1, 2015, took the group operation right back in the hand this time.

Tomoryu visited Onita and directly appealed for entry to the wrestling event earlier on September 26.

The performance was ended by a happy ending, but the Wild Army seems not to withdraw silently just as it is and still to follow contention by both sides.

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Arts design related to ”ILY" Sign" displayed in Hokkaido

November 6, 2016

An arts exhibition on "ILY" sign as its theme is held in the Obihiro-shi Gallery in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, until November 8.

It was planned to deepen the understanding to deafness, and about 70 items such as pictures, photos, accessories and others which were gathered from the whole country.

The photo of himself posing with the "ILY" sign and the uniform with his own signature were donated from a hard of hearing professional baseball pitcher, Ishii Yuya, of Hokkaido Nippon Meat Packers.

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Deaf school drama club to challenge national high school drama contest

November 6, 2016  
A member practices

Only one of the about 2000 schools aiming at the National High School Drama Contest scheduled for summer in 2017 is the Nara School for the Deaf located in Yamatokoriyama-shi, Nara Prefecture near Kyoto.

The school drama club has worked the original style performed through both sign language and subtitles out in order to get over "the wall of language". "We want to show charm of our sign language play." The drama club members will join the Prefecture Tournament held in Nara-shi on November 6.

Founded in 2004, both high and junior high school students come into practice together. In a past play, they tried to use voice at first, but a judge pointed out, "why don't you make use of the uniqueness of your sign language?". So when the members challenged only by sign language, it didn't get right  this time, either.

The club members and its advisor studied how to express in the play, and now that they learned by trial and established the method in 2006. After a while the drama club successfully challenged through an area contest every year, and advance now towards a prefecture tournament. The drama club also appeared in a Kinki region contest three times.

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Tottori earthquake: Deaf group explains current state of Deaf evacuees

November 5, 2016
Japanese Federation of the Deaf President Ishino Toshisaburo visited Tottori Prefecture Office in western Japan on November 4 and handed over a gift of money for the people hit by the recent earthquake in the prefecture central part to Governor Hirai Shinji. (photo: center)

Ishino has visited Kurayoshi-shi, the city hit by the disaster, on November 3, and asked 30 Deaf persons about worries, etc. 

He pointed out that there are Deaf persons who can't get information on the earthquake correctly at any time, too." Ishino told Governor that the Federation has the idea to dispatch sign language staffs.


Asian Pacific Deaf Basketball Club Championships in Fukuoka Prefecture

The 3rd Asian Pacific Deaf Basketball Club Championships will be opened from November 7-10 in Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, a part of Japan southern island. Japan will first hold the event. 

The teams which have won a preliminary in every area participate in the tournament; five men teams from four countries, and three women teams from two countries.

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Barrier free drama event to be held in Chiba

November 4, 2016
High school drama club members practice 

The "barrier free drama event" by which persons with disabilities, people aged, and able-bodied persons enjoy a drama together will be held at a city culture center in Nagareyama-shi, Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on November 12. It is an unusual case for an autonomous body in eastern Japan.

The drama club members from two high schools in Chiba will perform for the event.

An information terminal for tablet type is lent out to a person who is Deaf/deaf. Twitter of a little bird or a sound effect of an explosive sound as well as words are shown to the terminal. The professional company in input of subtitles located in Okinawa Prefecture will use remote control operation for subtitles taken out using a computer.

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Deaf beautician supports person with disabilities with nail art

November 3, 2016

An event was held at the disabilities support facilities located in Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, on October 23. 

The hair salon with a Deaf staff participated in the event and offered nail art. Kuriyama Reimi, a Deaf qualified beautician, works for the salon. (photo: back left)

Kuriyama does usually on nail art targeted for the men, but she devised such as doing nail art while also thinking the design of the nail on the day. The persons with disabilities who experienced a nail art were delighted because there were usually few such chances.

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Sign language learning website for employees in tourist industry renewed

November 4, 2016

MID Academic Promotions inc. located in Chiba city near Tokyo renewed the website titled “Tabisyuwa” (Sign Language for Travel) for the people working in the travel industry which was started in 2013. (

The website uses the sign language learning system for the person who has not learned sign language up to now to read and understand the sign language at a natural speed through "rhythm learning".

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MID Academic Promotions inc. official website: English