The Japanese Computer Society of the Deaf/HOH will hold its monthly meeting in the Tokyo Welfare Hall for the Disabled in the afternoon on May 16, 2009.
As part of the program, Makoto Sakakibara, a Deaf entrepreneur will lecture on the telecommunications relay service.
He is the chairman and CEO of the Japan Signers Services, LLC, a merger company that mainly focuses on telecommunications relay service, in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo.
When Sakakibara was 15 years old, his hobby was the cassette tape as the recording medium contained in the microcomputer.
Since then he studied the programming language by himself for years. Especially, when having worked at McDonald, he had been engaged around the network infrastructure.
He was shocked to observe Microsoft Net Meeting that appeared in around 1990. When he first visited the U.S.A. in 1999, he found TTY relay services available everywhere.
During his second visit to the U.S. in September, 2007 , he learned how to establish and operate the relay service from an American enterprise (Hands On Services, Inc) and started the company two months later.
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