Sign language group in Toyama edits film on WWII Deaf experienced
August 15, 2017

The sign language club, "TOWA Group", in Toyama-shi, Toyama Prefecture collected the war experiences of Deaf persons related to Toyama Great Air Raid, Emperor's broadcasting to end the war, retreat from Manchuria and others into a film. (photo)

The film looks back to "the war the Deaf community experienced" and appeals the importance of peace powerfully.

The film is edited based on movies in the past, and there are a lot of Deaf performers who passed away, too. The club is considering DVD making as a visual record for posterity.

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Women in Iyo-shi make 100 white boards for communication by means of writing
August 13, 2017

The National Disabilities Sports Meet will be held in Iyo-shi, Ehime Prefecture on October 28-30, 2017.

As Deaf athletes will be expected in participate in the event, 22 local female volunteers got together at the City Health Welfare Center and made 100 small white boards for communication by means of writing on August 11. (photo)

One of the volunteers explained, "When even if you don't use sign language, you see a Deaf person who may have something trouble and help him/her with the writing board."

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Muko-shi Office in Kyoto to start employment test in barrier free environment

August 13, 2017

The Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities Act that prohibits discrimination against the persons with disabilities in all situations of employment has been revised.

Following the legal move, Muko-shi Office in Kyoto Prefecture will provide the written examination in braille and interpreting in the clerk employment examination for the persons with disabilities, which will take place first on October 22 and then in the middle of  November.

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To order broiled cutlet on skewer in diner in Kyoto, write or sign
July 18, 2017

The diner called "Broiled Cutlet & Bar Maekawa's" was opened in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi recently. A Deaf person runs it with some deaf assistants.

To make an order, a guest writes a memo at "Maekawa's". Guests enjoy the Osaka taste that the Deaf owner had trained himself.

Maekawa Kenji, 47, runs the business. He manages by himself alone on weekdays, and his three Deaf friends in Kyoto including a former colleague from the previous work join as a part-time job in weekends. 

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Government to support memory keepers of a bombing experience

August 8, 2017

After 72 years passed since an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more survivor of the atomic bombing are getting aged. 

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has decided to support the "memory keeper" who hands down an experience from generation to generation for a survivor of the atomic bombing.

There are 164,621 survivor of the atomic bombing currently as of the end of March, 2017 according to MHLW, It was almost cut by half in 22 years. The average age of the atomic bomb survivor exceeds 81 years old.

In order to promote understanding of the real fact of atomic bombing, domestic and abroad, MHLW will appropriate for the budget next year to cover the cost to train persons in English or sign language who will be dispatched overseas. This is the first time for the Government to put the budget on the memory keeper project

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