June 12, 2012
The Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD) held its 60th national
conference of the Deaf in Kyoto on June 6 - 10, attracting over 5,000
participants from across Japan.
A vlog was posted by a Deaf participants, Ezoe Satoshi-san, questioning about one of the sessions he attended.
1. What does it mean by the "only one sign language" in Japan as JFD has
proposed the sign language bill? Which sign language does JFD intend as
the "only one sign language": Japanese Sign Language (JSL), Signed Japanese, or
Japanese Dialect Signs?
2. At the session on sign language which Ezoe-san attended, few
discussions were possible. Instead there was a quiz on sign language
with some prizes. What was the purpose of the session?
3. Takada Eiichi-san, former JFD President, has mentioned at the session
that a Deaf person good at written Japanese would be fluent in sign
language, and that a Deaf person poor at written Japanese would
be poor at sign language, too. On what evidence could he make such a