Event: the world of the noh farce through sign language

October 21, 2016

The event to enjoy "noh farce in sign language will be held at the Kita Noh Stage in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo on October 21. The 'Kyogen' (a comic play) will be performed by Deaf actors along with interpreting in the event.

The Kita-Style, one of the Noh groups which is a Japanese traditional entertainment, planned it in order for Deaf persons to enjoy a classic art.

The "Japan Theatre of the Deaf," a theatrical group managed by the Totto Fund which actress Kuroyanagi Tetsuko established, performs signed 'Kyogen'. 

This is a typical program of the theatre group, and it has earned high evaluations domestic and abroad. Because there is a performer who uses spoken language from a stage wing, too, even though you don't know sign language, you will enjoy it.


Princesses attend National Deaf Education Conference opening ceremony

October 13, 2016

Princess Kiiko, the wife of Prince Akishinonomiya who is Crown Prince's younger brother, and thier eldest daughter Princess Mako attended the opening ceremony of the 50th National Deaf Education Conference held at the Wayo University auditorium in Konodai, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba Prefecture next to Tokyo on October 13. 

About 660 people attended the opening ceremony. The conference was organized by Tsukuba University's  Special Support School for the Deaf located in the city. 

Princess Kiko gave a greeting speech signing at the same time, "It's expected that children are increasing each possibilities in the better environment which would link to a social involvement." (photo)

Class lesson observations, a keynote speech, study subcommittees and others are opened until October 14.

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Prime Minister answers to question by sign language at House of Councilors budget committee

October 13, 2016
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There was a unusual scene that sign language was exchanged during a deliberation of Upper House Budget Committee on October 13.

The independent member Yakushiji Michiyo who stood as a question through sign language, and Prime Minister Abe Shinzo commented in sign language, too. (photo)

By a question and answer about "Deaflympics", after Prime Minister pointed out that understanding may be also developed after taken up by the question. He said, " "I'm glad, too" in sign language while answering.

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English article: Fujitsu vibrating hair clip helps deaf feel the beat

Oct 8, 2016 


Fujitsu Limited, Japan's general electronic maker and general IT vender in Tokyo, has developed a gadget to help the deaf experience beats around them. 

The tool has been designed as a hair clip, named as Ontenna. This helps the person to ‘feel’ the sound, if he cannot hear it.

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Chiba Prefecture enlightens on persons with disabilities discrimination through cartoon

October 7, 2016

Chiba Prefecture Office located next to Tokyo has developed a cartoon that explains the Person with Disabilities Discrimination Removal Law, put on its web page, and distributed a copy of the cartoon at public places. (photo)

It is the first effort at urban and rural prefectures in metropolitan area.

The four frames, related to discrimination cases that a person with disabilities experiences daily and support, are drawn in a cartoon. A person with disabilities from the prefecture and the students who study welfare worked on drawing pictures.

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