Princess Kiko at the National Meeting of the Deaf Women in Tokyo

The 38th National Meeting of the Deaf Women was held in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo on October 25, 2008. Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishinonomiya, the younger brother of the Crown Prince in Japan.

The annual meeting, which is held by the Women Section under the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, aims to offer a platform to discuss difficulties and troubles that deaf women are faced in everyday life and to find a way to solve these.

Princess Kiko gave a keynote speech in sign language. She told the audience, "When I was a university student, I started learning sign language. Since then I have kept the important material used, because it was written explicitly about deaf people, sign language and interpreting."

She showed the audience the sign language book she used for the sign language circle during her college time, saying that it was a starting point that made her keep learning sign language. The audience gave her big applause.

Source: TBS, Oct. 25, 2008

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