China Kuroki (14), who has been hard of hearing since she was prematurely born, is a second grader in the hearing school, called the Togo Junior High School, in Nichinan City, Miyazaki Prefecture. She has been supported by a note taker and her hearing friends and kept well in the class.
Her mother, Kozue (49), said, "We would like to tell people who are worried about their disability not to give up hope".
China says, "I am happy in the school. My dream is to become a sign language interpreter. I want to help the Deaf children".