Deaf Japanese History: 1960's

1960
- Curriculum for deaf high school students outlined.

- First hard of hearing class set up in regular school in Okayama City.

- Traffic Law revised; term, "deaf-mute," changed to "hearing impaired," or "unable to hear."

- New Traffic and Road Act requires deaf person to wear hearing aid in taking driving test.

- Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK: Japanese Brodcasting Group) starts new program for young deaf children, titled "TV School for the Deaf."

- Employment Promotion Law for Persons with Disabilities enacted.

- JFD holds 10th national conference in Hiroshima with 1,500 participants, resolving to found main center for deaf people.

1961
- Ministry of Health and Welfare plans to fund main center for the deaf.

- First movie on deaf couple produced, "Nameless, Poor and Beautiful," based on experiences of Deaf couple from Tokyo. Directed by Zenzo Matsuyama. His wife and actress, Mineko Takamine, plays role of deaf wife.

- Ministry of Health and Welfare reports hearing impaired population to be 163,000 as result of last census.

- Founding of main center for the deaf named "Bell Welfare Center" granted.

- JFD holds 11th national conference in Shizuoka with 1,700 participants.

1962
- Parents having deaf children hold national meeting.

- Parents of children with speech disorders form organization.

- JFD holds 12th national conference in Fukuoka with 800 participants.

1963
- Dormitory planned for National Rehabilitation Institute for the Deaf planned.

- Fukuoka Center for the Deaf opens.

- PTA of deaf schools forms federation.

- Bell Welfare Center construction starts.

- First sign language circle formed in Kyoto.

- Japanese Athletic Association of the Deaf (JAAD) joins CISS.

- JFD holds 13th national conference in Kyoto with 2,500 participants.

- WFD holds 4th World Congress in Stockholm.

- First deaf student, Masayuki Matsumoto of Kyoto, passes bar examination to be lawyer.

1964
- JFD Board and representatives meet.

- Zenichiro Oie elected as JFD president.

- Deaf Japanese make friends with deaf foreigners during Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan.

1965
- Deaf man arrested for stabbing hearing man in Tokyo, leading to demands for fair trial.

- Bell Welfare Center opens in Tokyo.

- JFD sets up head office in Bell Welfare Center.

- Ministry of Education publishes manual on speech-aural training for hearing impaired children.

- Dormitry at National Rehabilitation Institute for the Deaf opens.

- Tokyo sets up rehabilitation center for the deaf.

- JFD holds 14th national conference in Tokyo with 3,000 participants.

- First Japanese team competes at 10th World Games of Deaf in Washington, D.C.

- The number of deaf children enrolled at regular schools increases as the performance of the hearing aid improved.

1966
- Ministry of Education outlines curriculum for deaf high school students.

- Trial of deaf man opens; first deaf lawyer, Masayuki Matsumoto, stands for defense.

- Deaf issues are on agenda at Kyoto prefecture meeting and interpreting provided.

- JFD holds 15th national conference in Sappro with 2,300 participants and resumes publishing of a monthly newspaper, "The Silent News."

- First national workshop for deaf youth held in Kyoto with 160 participants identifying problems caused by discrimination and declaring equal status.

1967
- Deaf people in Tokyo demand that interpreters be provided at campaign in rallies of candidates in general election; interpreting provided at campaign rally for election in Tokyo.

- Deaf man arrested for driving without license.

- National meeting held in Tokyo to review issues of persons with disabilities.

- Ministry of Labor publishes overall policy toward employment of persons with disabilities.

- JFD holds 16th national conference in Matsuyama with 1,600 participants.

- First Japanese delegation attends 5th World Congress in Poland.

- First national sports games for deaf held in Tokyo.

1968
- Teacher training program offered to deaf students comes to end.

- First trial on driving held and JFD president Zenichiro Oie stands for witness.

- Deaf group sues for right to drive.

- Ministry of Education reviews on deaf students in pursuit for higher education.

- Bell Welfare Center closed down due to financial problems.

- National meeting on education of deaf held in Osaka.

- Workshop held prior to placement of interpreters at welfare offices in Osaka.

- First winter games of deaf held in Gunma Prefecture with 160 participants.

- JFD Board decides to form campaign headquarters for obtaining the right to drive.

- JFD presents first award in rehabilitation and culture.

- 2nd national meeting of deaf youth held in Fukushima.

- Interpreters hold first national meeting during the youth meeting held.

- "Deaf Almanac" published first since 1935.

- Osaka holds first workshop prior to assignment of interpreters in welfare office.

1969
- Kyoto City hires a part-time interpreter; protests by Kyoto Association of the Deaf results in the employment of a full-time interpreter following year.

- Kyoto Center for Deaf opens.

- JFD Board sets up committee to study Bell Welfare Center problem.

- 18th JFD national conference held in Kumamoto with 2,000 participants.
- JFD forms Deaf Youth Section.

- Japanese team joins WGD in Yugoslavia, winning three silver medals for table tennis.

- JFD editorial office holds workshop on periodicals in Kyoto.

- JFD publishes first book on Japanese Sign Language.

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