Visual instruction cards prepared for Deaf patient during X-ray examination

Deaf patients usually feel uneasiness in communications with the doctor and the radiological technologist as the examination often starts without knowing; the Deaf patient doesn't hear the verbal signals, "Inhale", "Take it ease" and the instruction to change the position of the body.

Michiko Koga, the president of the Saga Prefecture Association of the Hard of Hearing and Deafened in the southern island of Japan, has worked part-time at the Prefecture Hospital in Saga City. She proposed to the medical staff that they should provide an easy clue to the Deaf patient in taking the X-ray examination".

The staff made the A3 size cards for the explanation with the photographs attached to each to show the instructions such as "Please put on the underwear only", "Hold the handrail", etc.

They also decided to tell the patient to inhale fully and stop for a while by tapping on the patient's shoulder once when taking a picture. So neither note taking nor interpreting are necessary.

The staff has worked the card system for one month referring to the guideline published by the Japan Association of Radiological Technologists. They are reminding the Deaf community, "Be relieved when to undergo the X-ray examination. We will be happy to help you when you feel uncomfortable about the communication".

Deaf groups requesting arrangement of interpreter absent from Ishigaki city office in Okinawa Prefecture

Members of the Prefecture Association of the Deaf and the Ishigaki Deaf Club meet Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama (left) and request the immediate arrangement of the interpreter in the City Office. (photo: http://www.y-mainichi.co.jp/news/16191/)


The interpreter has been absent since April 1 in Ishigaki City Office, Okinawa Prefecture in the southern island of Japan.

There has been no application though the City has recruited as a pay staff since April according to the Disability Welfare Section.

The Okinawa Prefecture Association of the Deaf and the Ishigaki Deaf Club visited the City and requested immediate arrangement for the interpreter in the City Office on June 14.

Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama responded, saying that they would like to try to solve the problem internally".

Deaf group demanding for interpreting political candidates' campaign speech on TV

The national election for the House of Councilors will take place on July 11 across Japan, and the TV has started to air the program on the political candidates in the House of Councilors election electoral district.

The Fukui Prefecture Society of Welfare of the Deaf demanded that the government should allow the interpreting the campaign speech on TV. Their proposal was heard by the prefecture election committee on behalf of the government on June 16. And then they visited the office of each candidate, too, asking for cooperation in the system to be improved.

The Public Office Election Law allows the interpreting the campaign speech by the candidate for the small electoral district and the proportional representation both of House of Representatives election, and the proportional representation of House of Councilors election. However, only the House of Councilors election electoral district is not allowed to be interpreted.

Even at the election that permits the interpreting, it is only available if the candidate needs it.
Moreover, the interpreting cost is on the candidate's personal expense to be paid in the House of Representatives election small electoral district. The Society is demanding the government to pay the cost, too.

In addition, the interpreter who is kind of a civil servant will be considered as the person engaged in the election campaign according to the Public Office Election Law, which prevents the interpreters from working.

The Society said, "As there are actually not many interpreters, they should be treated as a neutral interpreter in the election campaign. What we demand is indispensable because it is to protect our right to vote."

Exhibition in honor of Helen Keller's 130th birthday in Hakodate, Hokkaido

The models of the Shinto shrine and the temple that Helen Keller actually touched by the hand are shown in the exhibition hall. The picture of Keller is seen far back right. (photo: http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/culture/238028.html)


The exhibition in honor of Helen Keller's 130th birthday is being held on June 22-28 in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.

Keller (1880-1968) once visited the city in 1937 and again in 1948. The Hakodate Society to support the education for the Bind and Deaf planned the exhibition in order to pass on the message that Keller left.

The Society exhibited the old photographs and the newspaper articles on Keller's visits, her autograph signature, and the wooden models of the temple and the Shinto shrine that had been built to introduce the Japanese culture to her.

Also the works by students of the Hakodate School for the Blind and the Hakodate School for the Deaf, and the history of the Society are introduced.

Free admission.

Deaf students learning how to make noodles in Hakodate City, Hokkaido

Deaf students enjoy making buckwheat doodles
with the help from the noodle shop owner (right).
(photo: http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/chiiki2/238105.html)


There was a cooking event at the Hakodate School for the Deaf where 16 students are enrolled in in Hokkaido, the northern Island of Japan, on June 22. Seven buckwheat noodle shop owners came to teach 8 Deaf children how to make noodles.

The free lesson intended for children has been opened since 2004 by the Hakodate Noodles, Food and Drinking Industry Union (ten shops) as contribution to the local community.

It was the second time since 3 years ago at the School. The children watched the noodle maker working and then were divided into two persons, trying to make buckwheat noodles. The makers guided them together with the gesture. The children were working on the noodles while lipreading the man and sign language by their teacher.

Kana Yokote (14), a 9th grader, said pleasantly that she enjoyed making the noodles though it was not easy. "I want to bring them back home to make my mother happy." Yui Shirakawa (14), a 8th grader, said with a smile, "I made the buckwheat noodles better than 3 years ago."

Deaf sports meet organizing committee worried due to lack of funding

A committee member (right) requests the
shop owner (right) for advertisement at an interior
shop through sign language interpreter (center).
(photo: http://www.topics.or.jp/localNews/news/2010/06/2010_127691187926.html)


The 44th National Sports Meet for the Deaf, sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, will take place in Tokushima Prefecture on September 16-19, which will be the first time since 39 years ago in the prefecture. The prefecture organizing committee currently suffers from the lack of funding.

About 1500 persons will participate from the whole country in the sports meet. The management expense of about 19 million yen is necessary for the site management in four cities and 13 places and producing the program book, etc. according to the committee.

Among the budget, 13 million yen will be subsided from the municipality and the registration fee. The remainder, six million yen, will be covered by proceeds from sale of advertising expenses and donations from the enterprises, the groups, and the individuals, plus the sale of memorial products.

However, the donations from the enterprises are still in about 2.5 million yen due to the recession. Moreover, the goods sales of T-shirt (2,000 yen) and hand towel (500 yen) has produced only 300,000 yen so far. The management expense of 3.2 million yen together with advertising expenses is needed.

Therefore, committee members keep turning round the enterprises, etc. every day, and requesting the advertisement to the program book. On the other hand, the handbill is distributed to parties concerned to promote purchase of memorial products.

The committee chairman appeals for more help, saying "Cooperation from a lot of people is indispensable to make the national sports meet succeed. We need you to assist by all means."

New regional sign language dictionary published in Aichi Prefecture

The members said they would like to continue
the investigation of sign language again and
publish in the future.
(photo: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/aichi/20100622/CK2010062202000023.html)


The Aichi Prefecture Association of the Deaf has published a sign language dictionary, titled "The Signs in Aichi", with the aim of collecting the local signs used like the dialect in the prefecture and record them in print.

The dictionary contains a wide range of sign vocabularies such as the local food, the spots for sight seeing to hometown, verbs and adjectives like "play", "far." It also shows the richness of regional sign language in the prefecture.

The association members, in cooperation with sign language circle members and interpreters, started the project three years ago. They went to the meetings where many Deaf residents gathered in five regions in the prefecture. Also they met a group of Deaf seniors to collect their traditional signs language which were recorded in the photograph and the video.

Out of 1000 signs collected, 370 with the origin of sign identified were chosen for the dictionary (A5 size, 208 pages), including the figures of sign movement and the explanation of the meaning and the origin of each sign.

The members says, "The local history and the culture, as well as the life experience of the Deaf people are found in the sign language. When one knows the history, he/she will learn sign language more deeply." They hope the dictionary will be used to get hearing people to know sign language besides the teaching material for interpreters.

About 3000 copies printed, a copy will be sold for 1600 yen.

Deaf golfer fighting in good spirit for big game

Yoshitoku Iwazaki shoots dynamic tee shot.
(photo: http://www.daily.co.jp/golf/2010/06/19/0003106450.shtml)


"The Elite Cup 2010 Hyogo Prefecture Opening Golf First Top Amateur Preliminary" took place in the Minaki Golf Country in Japan on June 18.

Fifty-nine golfers participated in the 18 hall strokes play. Yoshitoku Iwazaki (27) who played 73 rounds with 1 over and other golfer passed the preliminary in the top. He will enlist in the Golf Game scheduled for August 3-4 with other 16 golfers 9 over.

Yoshitoku, born Deaf, has gripped the ticket to the contest since 2007. In the bad weather that rained hard and drizzle, he said in writing with a smile, "The shot was so-so". He deprived of 327 yards in the seventh par 5, and succeeded in smacking out 2 on, and got the birdie with satisfaction.

He has kept challenging the pro test while working part-time in the driving range. "It is good to play golf in nature. Still, I want to work hard in the game aiming at the best amateur."

"Light of friendship" presented to Deaf and Blind children by hearing students

The hearing student (left) handed the firefly
cage to the children with hearing and
visual impairmentrespectively.
(photo: http://www.oita-press.co.jp/localNews/2010_127692723902.html)


Twenty hearing sixth graders of the Taketa Elementary School in Taketa City, Oita Prefecture visited two facilities for the Deaf and the Blind children in Oita City, the Akebono Academy and the Seimei Academy, respectively on June 19. They presented about 360 fireflies captured in the school .

It was a traditional event that has continued since 1953. This year was the 58the anniversary. Usually the hearing children present the fireflies, which the Deaf and blind children breed them in the facilities. They later return the hatched larvae to Taketa City Hall.

Both the facilities invite senior citizens in local on the night of the same day to enjoy the fireflies flying in darkness.

MA program on disability administrative policy to launch on the Internet in September, 2011

It was recently announced that The Nippon Foundation in Japan and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, etc. will cooperate to advance the disability policy in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, establishing the graduate program on the administrative service for the persons with disabilities on the Internet in September, 2011.

The kind of graduate program is unusual in the world. It aims at the promotion of the human resources involved in the disability administration in each country in Asia, and international organizations such as the United Nations.

For the lecture through the net, the software developed by the U.S. will be used so that students with disability such as visual or hearing impairment may communicate each other on the Internet. The practical on-the-job training of about 20 percent of the course will be conducted at the research institutions in the partnership.

Monthly Comic on Deaf couple published

Cartoon based on a story of the Deaf couple


Ken Inoue, a Deaf-born barber, had wanted for more interpreters in his hometown, Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. His Deaf wife Mieko who supported him. They both worked hard for the Deaf community for 30 years.

Mieko had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosi (ALS) preceded five years ago, following the death of Ken's mother a few months later.

A life of the Deaf couple is the theme of the cartoon of a monthly comic, called "The Monthly Comic," June issue, published in May.

The word that the wife left at the gates of death is "Thank you, " which is a part of the title of the cartoon : "Ai a-ri-ga-to-u (Love, thank you).

Deaf teammates enjoying baseball game with police trainees

The friendly match of the Tochigi Prefecture School for the Deaf and the Tochigi Prefecture Police Training School took place at the school ground on June 12 to promote good fellowship through baseball.

The baseball club of the school, combined of junior high school and high school students, and the new hearing trainees of the Police Training School made the good game.

Both the schools adjoin. Norio Matsumoto, a teacher of the first-year trainees at the Police Training School, watched the Deaf baseball teammates practice every day.

The friendly match that has started by Matsumoto is the second this year. The first game was the tough game against each other, and the trainees team won with 5-3. The second game went peacefully different from the first game.

Open workshop on support for Deaf college students to be held in July in Tokyo

The open workshop for the public will take place on July 3, Saturday, 12:00-15:00 at the Japan College of Social Work (JCSW) in Tokyo, with the theme on the support service for the Deaf or hard of hearing college/universities students.

JCSW has started the Deaf student support project in cooperation with The Nippon Foundation. The JCSW student can apply the support service for any classes or lectures as they wish.

In the workshop, Dr. Mayumi Shirazawa, an associate professor of Tsukuba University of Technology Higher Education Research Support Center, will lecture on the outline of the student support. To deepen basic knowledge of the topic, open discussions will be planned, too.

Any participants who are interested, or currently responsible for the student support service at colleges/universities are welcome.

Capacity: 50 persons (first come first served)

Free admission.

Deaf high school student to compete for javelin throw at regional athletic meet

Miki Tokunaga won the third place for a javelin throw
at the prefecture high school sports meet.
(photo: http://www.the-miyanichi.co.jp/contents/index.php?itemid=27676&catid=6&blogid=2)


Miki Tokunaga (17), a high school student of the Miyakoshiro Sakura Support School for the Deaf and a good javelin thrower, will be the first Deaf athlete in the Miyazaki Prefecture to compete in the Southern Kyushu High School Track and Field Meet, scheduled for June 17 in Okinawa Prefecture.

She marked 37 meters at the prefecture high school athletic meet on May 31st and won the third place in a javelin throw, eligible for the Southern Kyushu High School Track and Field Meet.

Miki said, "I was worried about the form against the wind, so I was disordered. I felt bad because I did not win." She has worked hard on practice.

Miki says, "I would like to throw as far as 40 meters, better than my best record (37 meters and 41 cm). I won't give up. I will try my best." She wants to finish in any of the 6 places at the National High School Athletic Games this summer.

Lecture meeting by Juan Carlos Druetta, WASLI Vice President, scheduled for July

The Japan International Sign Language Interpreters & Guides Association will hold the lecture meeting by Juan Carlos Druetta* at 10 locations in four cities in Japan in July.

*He appears on the following WASLI official site:
http://wasli.net/WordFromTheVicePresident.htm

He, who is the Vice President of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), is from a Deaf family in Argentina, working as a Deaf interpreter and a feedback interpreter in International Sign and Argentinean sign language. He is also an interpreter trainer in Argentinean Sign Language.

Schedule:
July 3, Saturday, 14:00-16:00
Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture
- "The trend of International Sign (IS) and the role of a Deaf interpreter"

*The relay interpreting by IS, JSL and spoken Japanese will be provided.

July 7, Wednesday
14:00-16:00
Minato Ward, Tokyo
- "My Life"

19:00-21:00
- "Basic interpreting theory"

July 8, Thursday, 19:00-21:00
Funabashi City in Chiba Prefecture
- "The trend of International Sign (IS) and the role of a Deaf interpreter"

July 9, Friday, 19:00-21:00
Edogawa Ward, Tokyo
- "On WASLI"

July 10,Saturday, 13:30-15:30
Minato Ward, Tokyo
- "The trend of International Sign (IS) and the role of a Deaf interpreter"

July 12, Monday, 19:00-21:00
Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
- "Basic interpreting theory"

July 13, Tuesday
14:00-16:00
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
-"Upbringing"

19:00-21:00
Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
- "The trend of International Sign (IS) and the role of a Deaf interpreter"

*Only IS/JSL interpreting provided.

Schools for the Deaf reorganized to meet the needs of children with intellectual disability in Toyama Prefecture

Toyama Prefecture has two schools for the Deaf. One of them, called Toyama School for the Deaf, has changed its name to Toyama Support School for the Deaf this April. At the same time a new class of four students with intellectual disability was set up in the high school unit of the school.

The school lunch time and the classroom cleaning are done unrelated to the type of the disabilities. The table tennis club was renamed to the sports club; a volunteer unit was added to the student-body activities, so that the new students might feel relieved at the school.

It is said that a different vigor tension will have come out up such as an active discussion time in the student general meeting, too.

The parents and guardians of Deaf students had wondered about the possible loss of specialty in Deaf education. Schools officials explained, "We had a two-year preparation to review what the School had to do with the specialty".

The revised School Education Law of 2007 has promoted the school for the Deaf to enroll students with disabilities as the special support school.

Not only less children with visually or hearing impairment, but also more children with intellectual disability who need more schools to meet their educational needs had been pointed out by the Prefecture Education Board.

Sign language textbook on medicine published

"The textbook on the medicine in sign language "


It is important for the pharmacist to explain to the patient about the medicine and see if he understands how to use it.

The book, titled "The textbook on the medicine in sign language" (B5 size,  162 pages, 2,940 yen), is full of the color pictures by the model on each topic such as a medicine receipt, filling in the form, the measurement and preparation of the medicine, the supervised medicine administration, the patient compliance instruction, accounting, and seeing off at the drugstore.

In the book, how to use the medicine, etc. is explained in sign language in detail. Moreover, general terms in sign language that can be used in the medical institution are introduced in the end of a book. The mechanism of the body including internal organs is shown in the colorful illustration, too.

This book aims to help smooth communication between the Deaf patient and medical professionals at the medical institutions. Also the Deaf pharmacist can use the book as a guide.

Sign language circle to hold talk show with first deaf actress at Yokohama in July

Leaflet on the talk show with
Deaf actress Akiko Oshidari


The talk show with Akiko Oshidari, the first Deaf actress in Japan, will take place at Yokohama on July 29, 2010, 19:00-20:20.

Sponsoring is the sign language circle called Yokohama South District Sign Language Circle Sea Gull as its special project.

Admission fee: 800 yen

The fee for the circle members are free.

Police stations setting up the signboard to communicate in writing in Yamaguchi Prefecture

The Yamaguchi Prefecture Police began to display the "Ear-mark" sign, which shows the willingness to communicate with hard of hearing persons in writing, in 20 places in total such as all police stations, traffic centers, etc. in the prefecture on June 1 so that hard of hearing persons might consult.

The All Japan League of the Hard of Hearing (AJLHH) says that the attempt might be ever the first in the country to put the sign in the all police stations.

The ear mark sign, designed in Nagoya in 1975, has been used in the administrative bodies and the hospitals, etc. in the whole country.

The prefecture chapter of AJLHH is trying to spread the "Ear mark" sign. The Prefecture government, cab companies and major shops have already adopted it. The chapter has proposed the display of the "Ear mark" sign to the Prefecture Police in July, 2009.

Deaf movie back again at Tokyo, after attracting 150,000 viewers throughout Japan

The movie about a life of the Deaf, titled "A Yuzuriha" (Daphniphyllum macropodum), was first shown at Tokyo in June last year, being shown again at the same movie theater until June 18.

Within one year the movie has attracted more than 150,000 viewers at 516 movie theaters in the whole country. For Kentaro Hayase (37) , a Deaf-born director, it was an unexpected smash hit.

He explains, "Even if a hearing person sees the movie, he will see there is not much difference about being Deaf. In the end he will feel sympathized." The movie is about two Deaf men; one is the middle-aged man who loses a sweetheart and refuses to show his feelings. Another is the young, impertinent man who behaves like a hearing man, aiming at an actor.

The middle-aged man sees the young man and other persons with disabilities, attempting to record the discrimination abolition movement by film making which was once his dream.

Almost all the actors are Deaf persons. Eri Imai, who casts as one of the main characters, is a hearing singer and has a Deaf son.

Kentaro is the manager of a private cramming school for the Deaf children. A Deaf boy asked him, "The people appear in a television are all hearing. Even if I don't hear, can I grow up?". To answer the question, Kentaro has begun real film making in 2001. "A Yuzuriha" was his first movie shown at a theater.

He says, "This movie was to give the viewers a chance to know how the Deaf people live a life. I would like to make film again about the Deaf who challenge the barrier because of deafness".


A preview: "A Yuzuriha" (Daphniphyllum macropodum) Japanese version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcKdAbRQrPk&feature=player_embedded

Lecture meeting for certified interpreters to be held in Tokyo in June

A lecture meeting only for hearing persons who are certified interpreters or aim at get certified as an interpreter will be held on June 19, Saturday, 18:30-20:40 at Tokyo. Sponsoring is the Sign Language Support Service Center.

The lecture title:
"Basis of interpreting and practice in the field of mental health: Introduction of an interpretation guideline in the United States and understanding of a mental problem"

The interpreter is often under the stress from the interpreting skills and mentality, and pain comes even from its pressure.

Based on an interpretation guideline in the United States, the "interpreter's problem" is discussed whether it is welfare-like role, including behaviors.

The lecturer, Mr. Kota Takayama, will focus on the mental risk that affects the interpreter, and show the proper picture of being the interpreter.

Takayama is a Deaf certified mental health professional. BA in Human Care from the University of Tsukuba; MA in social work from Gallaudet University. Presently part-time lecturer at a clinical welfare college.

Admission fee: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 40 people

No spoken interpreting provided.

School for the Deaf to hold open class for public in Mie Prefecture

An open class for the public will take place on July 30 and August 6 at the Mie Prefecture School for the Deaf.

Theme:
- July 30, 10:00-15:00
About the experiences of the Deaf teachers at the school and understanding of deafness

- August 6, 10:00-15:00
Introduction of a method to teach the Deaf children how to read and write in Japanese language based on the 4-year classroom teaching to the elementary school children.

Free admission.

Sign-language interpreting and note taking provided.

Japanese Sign Language Teaching Conference scheduled for July in Tokyo

The 10th Japanese Sign Language Teaching Conference will take place in the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center at Tokyo on July 3-4.

Program:
July 3, Saturday, 16:00-18:00
Guest speaker: Dr. Rachel E. Stone*
"The change of sign language teaching in the United States"

*http://faculty.rcc.edu/worldlanguages/asl.htm

18:30-20:30
Get-together party

July 4, Sunday
13:00-14:20
Three research reports

14:30-16:30
Guest speaker: Dr. MJ Bienvenu*
"What is Deafhood?"

*Profile in English & ASL:
http://deafstudies.gallaudet.edu/Faculty-Staff/ASL_and_Deaf_Studies/Bienvenu_MJ.html

The official language in the conference will be only JSL.

For the Guest speakers, ASL/JSL interpreting will be provided.

No spoken interpreting.

Deaf school holding sports meet in Kagawa Prefecture

The sports meet was held on May 29 in Kagawa Prefecture School for the Deaf which celebrated the 100th anniversary of establishment.

About 40 young children and students, their families and the alumni members joined the event, enjoying a good time under fine weather.

The school was first established as the Deaf-Mute division in the Prefecture School for the Blind in April, 1910. It was called the Prefecture School for the Deaf and Mute under the Prefecture administration in April, 1924.

It was later separated with the name changed as the Prefecture School for the Deaf in April, 1948, moving to the current place in December, 1954.

Deaf swimmer saying, "The pool is where I always shine"

Kana Imamura (22) , a resident in the Osaka area, is working hard at a strenuous practice for the Deaflympics in Athens scheduled for 2013.

She won the gold medal in the "Deaflympic Games" in Melbourne in 2005, , the first for the Japanese swimming team, and also won two silver medals at the Deaflympic Games in Taipei in 2009.

Kana, who turned out hard of hearing at half a year after she was born, started swimming at the age of five. It was because of her parents, saying "We had wanted her to be courageous, not to be bewildered when going into the workforce in the future".

Kana aims at a gold medal at the next Deaflympic Games, a way she can show her appreciation for the hearty support from her parents, the swimming coach and teammates.

International Sign course held in Tokyo

The International Sign Course is held on Thursdays, 19:00-20:45 from June until August in Tokyo, sponsored by 'Peace Village for Deaf'.

The lecturer is Yumiko Nagai, a Deaf woman who has traveled Europe for several years.

To apply for the course, the applicant must be:
-fluent in Japanese Sign Language.
-interested in learn the first foreign sign language.
-interested in international sign language
-interested in meeting with Deaf foreigners.

Fee:
Total fee for the ten-class: 15,000 yen (1,500 yen for one class)

Yokohama City starts interpreting service for emergency at nighttime

Yokohama City started the interpreting service provided for nighttime in April. They have offered it when the Deaf persons regularly go to the medical institution or are transported by the ambulance car during daytime.

The emergency interpreting service will be available everyday including the weekend from 17:00 through 9:30 next day, and December 29th through January 3rd, the national holidays in Japan.

When the Deaf person is transported to the medical institution by the ambulance car, the command center in the city fire fighting bureau, upon receiving the report, tells the interpreter registered beforehand in each region to go to the institution where the Deaf patient stays.

The Deaf persons usually use a special fax number or the e-mail address for the emergency when living alone or someone in the family is out. They contact the Deaf facility for the interpreter in emergency. However, it is closed at nighttime and the national holidays in the year end.

The request calls for the interpreting service in 2009, including daily life and emergency, has numbered up to about 6000 according to welfare officials in the city hall.

Deaf man succeeds in the skiing downhill in high mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture


(up) Satoshi Tamura standing atop before skiing downhill
(bottom) He first planned to ski along the blue line, but changed to the green line on the peak due the snow condition.
(photos: http://www.tamutamu-net.com/yamaski/20100521.html)


Satoshi Tamura, a Deaf adventurer, succeeded in skiing downhill on Kitadake (3192m) in Yamanashi Prefecture at around 15:00 on May 21, 2010.

Kitadake is the second high peak in Japan.

It is the first time since Daisuke Miura, a hearing pro skier, has skied down on the peak in 2004.

National conference for the Deaf being held in Shimane Prefecture

The 58th National Conference for the Deaf is being held on June 2-6, 2010 in the Prefecture Hall in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. Approximately 2,000 Deaf people and concerned persons gather from across the country.

The Japanese Federation of the Deaf sponsors its local Deaf chapter to carry out the national event in turn every year. It is the first time for the Shimane Deaf chapter to hold the national event.

The works exhibition of the Deaf children of two Schools for the Deaf in the prefecture and the National Deaf Photograph Show and so on opened to the public on June 2.

The sessions on sign language, education, and employment, etc. are to be held on June 5. Moreover, the talk show by the Deaf movie staff, who produced the film on Deaf life, will be opened at that night.

The ceremony will take place in the Prefecture Hall on the final day.

Deaf magician to present magic wonder for children in Tokyo

The workshop that young children learn and enjoy an easy magic will take place in Tokyo on Saturday, June 26, 2010, 14:00-16:00.

Magic Toshima, a Deaf magician will speak about the history and knowledge of the magic, and shows the wonder of magic.

Magic Toshima came to Tokyo to become a magician after he graduated from the Kagoshima School for the Deaf in the southern island of Japan.

He won the second place for the stage performance at the 6th World Festival of the Deaf Magic in the United States. Currently he travels around in Japan for his magic show, presentation, sign language instruction, MC for events, etc.

No spoken interpreting provided.

Disaster information to appear on vending machines through new system for the Deaf

Hyogo Prefecture has introduced the alert system for the Deaf residents that sends textual information regarding disaster to the vending machines in the prefecture facilities.

There are many vending machines on the streets and in facilities in larger cities in Japan. With the use of the electric wave of the cellular phone, the information on the disaster or daily life are transmitted to the vending machines which is equipped with the textual indicator. The prefecture officials ask each city and private facilities besides the prefecture facilities to install the alert system, too.

At the time of Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake in the past, the Deaf people were totally left alone because the refuge information, etc. did not reach them. The prefecture planned to make the best use of such a lesson, and to offer more accessibility to the vital information for the Deaf community in the prefecture.

Sign language circle acting on interpreter dispatch at disaster for Deaf people in Miyazaki City

The sign language circle, "Imokko", confirmed the action plan the action plan of the interpreting volunteer dispatch at the disaster in the regular general meeting.


The sign language circle, called "Imokko" in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture in the southern island of Japan, will start the interpreting volunteer dispatch in a time of the disaster this year to support the Deaf community who easily fail to get necessary information.

Toshinori Inada, the president of the circle of about 100 members, is enthusiastic, "Our project will help the Deaf feel safe".

The move was prompted by the Typhoon No. 14 that had hit the city with the great deal of harm in 2005. The Deaf people neither hear the storm sound nor the siren, and delayed in running away. They also did not understand the spoken information such as the free meal time, etc. in the refuge, always worried.