"We want many people to get to know sign language (JSL) more. We also change the current society to the one without discrimination".
Taku Koike (31) and his friends formed an organization called "Signing Hands" in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture on April 1.
Taku, who is hard of hearing, said, "Actually, only handful of deaf persons don't sign. Our activities will contribute to the increase in the number of signers".
The organization will hold regular JSL classes, aiming to reach the number of 10,000 signers in the city. They will also offer a JSL instructor training program, hoping to establish the JSL course at a university some day.