Deaf Japanese History: 1900's - 1910's

1902
Special classes set up in elementary schools in two prefectures, but soon closed.

1903
Tokyo Institute for the Blind and Deaf-Mute starts teacher training program, offering deaf students who wish to study further.

1906
First national convention of the deaf-mute held in Tokyo, leading to form national organization of the deaf-mute.

1907
First national conference on education held at Tokyo School for the Blind and Deaf-Mute; national association of teachers of the blind and deaf-mute formed.

1908
Lecture meeting held in Tokyo on education of the blind and deaf-mute, first conference for the deaf.

1910
Tokyo Institute for the Blind and Deaf-Mute starts vocational courses in such areas as art, crafts, and sewing, as part of teacher training program for deaf students having completed high school.

1914
Alumni of Tokyo School for the Deaf-Mute forms Tokyo Deaf Club, publishing official newsletter, "Silent World."

1915
Deaf teachers, who also alumni from Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo, forms national association of the deaf named Japanese Association of the Deaf (JAD); committee set up in Tokyo to study possibilities for establishment of national organization of the deaf-mute by Toshifumi Fujimoto's efforts; official meeting of the committee held, and headquarters set up with by-laws; headquarters publishes its official newspaper, 6th issue of "Silent World".

1916
- JAD holds first general assembly at Kyoto School for the Deaf-Mute.

- Viscount Yozo Yamao elected first JAD president and Shimpachi Konishi first chairman.

- JAD branches formed in Tokyo, Osaka and other cities.

1917
JAD holds 2nd general assembly in Tokyo.

1918
Viscount Yozo Yamao dies and his son, Saburo, recommended as his successor.

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