The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) commissions the Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD) to conduct a 6-week program for leadership skills training for Deaf persons from developing countries every year.
JFD is the national organization of the Deaf in Japan with member associations of the Deaf in 47 prefectures throughout the country.
According to its news release, the training course for the Deaf already has started in October and continues through November, 2008.
The Deaf trainees chosen from around the world are 10 members from Uganda, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam this year.
On October 15, the opening ceremony took place in the JICA Osaka International Center. Toyoki Ando, president of JFD, gave a welcome speech encouraging the participants of the training course.
In response the Deaf trainees showed their desire to learn many things by all means during their training in Japan.
They learn the social welfare service for the Deaf and its history, the organization activities of JFD, and visit facilities related to the Deaf for observation in Osaka, Toyama and Hiroshima Prefectures in Japan.
The communication mode used for the training program is International Signs.