TRS saves Deaf persons in marine accident at night

June 4, 2017
At night on June 3, four Deaf office workers aged between 46 and 51 caught the pleasure boat that was overturned at Mikawa Bay in Nishino-shi, Aichi Prefecture located in central Japan, and they were rescued. 

One of the Deaf men requested relief using "the Telephone Relay Service" through his own smart phone. The patrol boat received the emergency notice and rescued about four hours later.

Around 5:30pm on June 3, an engine stopped the pleasure boat by some defects according to Marine Safety Station officials. They assumed that seawater might enter in the boat, which later was overturned.

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Prince Akishinonomiya speaks at 65th National Deaf Conference

Prince Akishinonomiya and his wife visit a work exhibit 
at Fukuoka Deaf Special Support High School.
June 4, 2017

Prince Akishinonomiya, the younger brother of the Crown Prince, and his wife Kiko attended the 65th National Deaf Conference at Fukuoka-shi located in Japan's southern island on June 4.

This meet, attracting about 4,100 persons who were Deaf and welfare persons concerned, commemorated Japanese Federation of the Deaf's 70th anniversary of establishment.

Prince Akishinonomiya presented his greeting, speaking with sign language, "I pay my respects to long effort of the Federation which has advanced social involvement of the Deaf persons. I hope sincerely that development of community building based on a universal design and the information access environment will be accelerated."

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Fire fighting staff in Hokkaido start learning sign language for sports meet
June 3, 2017

The 50th Hokkaido Summer Deaf Athletic Meeting" will be held on July 1-2 at Kitahiroshima-shi, Hokkaido, Japan's norther island. 

A sign language study meeting for the fire fighting staff was held at the city fire fighting head office. About 30 firemen  learned the basic sign language used at a first aid site. (photo)

The study meeting was planned in cooperation with  Kitahiroshima Association of the Deaf, the sponsor of the sports meet, to help a fire fighting staff  communicate with a Deaf person better when a first aid is requested at the meet. 

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War dead mourned by sign language dance in Okinawa
June 3, 2017

Non Profit Organization Sign Language Dance YOU & I Okinawa "Young Leaf" showed the sign language dance to mourn at the Okinawa Peace Prayer Hall in Mabuni, Itoman-shi, Okinawa Prefecture on June 3. (photo)

The members of ten clubs who belong to "Young Leaf" expressed the contents of lyrics by sign language and danced at the same time.

About 100 people attended this event, which was the second time following last year.

The "Young Leaf" leader explained, "Deaf  as well as hearing persons died during the battle in Okinawa in 1945. We expressed the feelings for all the war victims whose names are inscribed in the monument."

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Library arranges human services staff for the Deaf to encourage use library


Nagano Prefecture Sign Language Regulation has been carried out since March, 2016, and promotion of understanding of sign language and its users, and the spread of sign language are an issue of the local community.

Suzaka Library in the prefecture arranged two staff for a human services in charge,  planning improvement of the use environment from a more welfare point of view.

A group of Deaf persons visited Suzaka Library with members of Suzaka Sign Language Club on May 25. Almost all seven Deaf visitors were a beginner, and some applied for a personal user card first.

Suzaka Sign Language Club has made a group user card of the Suzaka Library earlier this year. With the card the club can borrow at most 30 books for a month. Because the request from the Deaf club members were interested to select a book to read by themselves, the visit to the library came true as a part of the club regular activity.

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