Town office uses social networking service to spread sign language

April 22, 2017
Nakagawa-machi in Fukuoka Prefecture located in Japan's southern island   continues the work to spread sign language through social networking service (SNS).

While more interpreters are getting aged, the town office aims to raises the interest in sign language among the young generation. The Japanese Federation of the Deaf says, "Their work using SNS is unusual."

The town office has uploaded the 15-20 second animation titled "Everyone Signs in Our Town" weekly on Facebook and Instagram since September last year.

The welfare department in the town office started using sign language in a morning meeting in order to be able to communicate with Deaf clients about two years ago.

The Deaf visitors say, "We are glad to see more persons greet by sign language."

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Bandannas produced to support Deaf community in emergency

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April 21, 2017

The Ota City Office in Gunma Prefecture north of Tokyo made a bandanna for the purpose of immediate support to the Deaf community in emergency such as a disaster, etc. and distributed it to Deaf persons. (photo 2) 

The city disability welfare department says It is for the first time that such a bandanna was made by the autonomous body in the prefecture.

Also at the same time, the Asaka City Office in Saitama Prefecture next to Tokyo made 24 bandannas that meet the needs of the Deaf community in support during  emergency such as disaster immediately, distributing them to interpreters and sign language club members in the city. (photo 1) 

Both the bandannas were designed in order to be folded half when to use, with the large-printed phrases "I am Deaf," or "Interpreting Available".

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"Sign Language" taught as subject at hearing high school

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April 21, 2017 

In 2014, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was the first city/town/village to carry out a sign language regulation in the country.

Ishikari Shoyo High School in the city has begun introduced "Sign Language" as a subject equal to Japanese on April 20.

The second-year students who select the subject as an elective course that a Deaf person teaches. The Hokkaido Prefecture Board of Education says it is a leading move even in the country.

Sixteen students have signed for the elective course the current year.

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Deaf school children experience the world of kabuki

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November 25, 2016

A kabuki class was provided by the Non Profit Organization called "The Traditional Culture Class" in Tokyo, which works on the spread of kabuki, on November 24 at the Prefectural Matsue School for the Deaf located in Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, part of western Japan. 

About 50 students from the preschool, elementary through high school participated (photo 1). They experienced the world of kabuki, such as challenging a peculiar make-up "kumadori" (photo 2), and others.

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Oct 3, 2016 


Among the robots, big screens and fast computers of Japan's Ceatec electronics show, a small prototype being shown off by Fujitsu is probably one of the lowest tech gadgets on the show floor, but it could be one of the most important.

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