The 30th National Skills Competition for Persons with Disabilities was held in Chiba City, a neighboring city in the Tokyo metropolitan area, on October 24-26, 2008. It was sponsored by the Employment Support Institute for the Aged and Persons with Disabilities, and Chiba Prefecture.
About 250 persons with disabilities participated from nationwide in 20 items such as the computer operation and needlework, etc.
Harue Murakami (46), a deaf dental technician from Morioka City in a northern part of Japan, participated in one of the items called "dental technology." She competed with other 12 technicians, working on an assignment for 5 hours; teeth of a 35-year-old female to be matched and covered with plastic materials.
On a ceremony on October 26, she was awarded the gold prize from the the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare. It was the third challenge for her. Last year she was given an effort prize.
After finishing a hearing high school, Murakami, who is deaf since childhood, studied at the Dental School for the Deaf, Tsukuba University in Chiba Prefecture for three years.
She works for the Fujitec dental laboratory in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture.
Source: Iwate Daily, Oct. 27, 2008