"Sign Language" taught as subject at hearing high school

Deaf instructor (left)
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.





Fujitsu's Ontenna could be a big deal for the deaf

Ontenna
Oct 3, 2016 

Quoted:

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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Animated film "A Silent Voice" as second at box offices

http://www.thebitbag.com
December 3, 2016

Excerpted:

The 2016 Japanese anime Koe no Katachi movie (A Silent Voice) might be the next Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) after its successful release on September 17.
Naoko Yamada’s Koe No Katachi made it as second at box offices in Japan. 
This anime school drama film’s story focuses on friendship between former classmates Shoya Ishida and Shoko Nishimiya. Ishida is a delinquent who bullied his elementary deaf classmate, Nishimiya.


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Prime Minister’s wife visits Gallaudet University

February 12, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie Abe 

Excerpt:

On Friday, February 10, as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the U.S., his wife Akie visited Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. accompanied by D.C. Police’s deaf liaison unit.

Before heading with her husband to Florida to meet President Trump and his wife, Akie toured the school.

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