Centennial anniversary of Deaf school celebrated in Kagawa Prefecture

Deaf students play the Japanese drum" at the ceremony.
(photo: http://www.shikoku-np.co.jp/kagawa_news/education/article.aspx?id=20101030000326)

Kagawa Prefecture School for the Deaf in Takamatsu City in the prefecture held the centennial anniversary of establishment ceremony on October 30. About 300 people including Kagawa Prefectural Governor attended it.

The principal addressed the participants, "Everyone in the community has kindly supported our school. We aim at the education meeting the needs of each student in the future".

The alumni members and the students pledged for further development of the school while remembering its 100-year history.

In the opening, 21 students from the drum club performed the Japanese drum, whose drumbeats filled the gym.

The drum performance won the gold prize of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the National Deaf School Concert Contest in January, 2010.

The school was established as a school for the blind and deaf-mute in 1908, and the class for the deaf-mute students was formed in the school in 1910. There are more than 800 alumni members.

Necessity of group home for Deaf seniors appealed at meeting in Nagano Prefecture

The regional welfare forum in Nagano Prefecture
(photo: http://inamai.com/news.php?c=shakai&i=201010241246210000040621)

The regional welfare forum took place in Nagano Prefecture on October 24, and about 110 people such as the welfare workers attended.

They discussed the support to persons with disabilities in 3 sessions; the employment, the group home, and the leisure activity.

One of members of the Kamiina Society of the Deaf appealed for the necessity of the group home for the Deaf seniors, using the slide, etc. in the session on the group home.

She gave advantages with the group home. "By building it, Deaf people will help one another, share understanding, receive the appropriate care, etc".

There are only ten group homes for the Deaf in the country according to the society of the deaf.

Hearing university students participate in "note taking" course in Kumamoto Prefecture

The note taking course at the Kumamoto University of Health Science.
(photo: http://kumanichi.com/news/local/main/20101024005.shtml)

The course that trains the note taker started at the Kumamoto University of Health Science in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture, a part of the southern island of Japan, on October 23.

The Higher Education Consortium Kumamoto, made from 14 universities and technical colleges in the prefecture, arranged the course for the first time, aiming at supporting children and students who are Deaf/hard of hearing.

Thirty-four students from 7 universities participated. They will learn the note-taking method and the writing, etc. for three days until October 31. They will use the best of the note-taking technique when working as a volunteer in schools and events.

One of the participating students who studies the special support class said, "I learned note-taking first this year. I am interested to know how to make a note the content of the lecture for Deaf students".

Deaf man arrested for threatening Deaf acquaintance to get money in Tokushima Prefecture

The Tokushima Kita police station in Tokushima Prefecture arrested a man (44) for threatening a Deaf man (53) and stealing his bank card on October 24. The arrested man was a part-time job employee in Ishii-cho in the prefecture.

The suspect threatened his Deaf acquaintance in sign language, "I will kill you if you don't give me your bank card" in March, 2009. He used it and withdrew about 1.3 million yen in total six times from the automatic teller machine (ATM) for three months since April.

The police station says the arrested man, who is Deaf himself, admitted the suspicion. He used to work with the Deaf acquaintance at the same company more than ten years ago.

Deaf office worker winning in word processing skills at Abilympics in Yokohama City

Eri Takahashi says, "I am glad that my effort has paid off".
(photo: http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/tochigi/20101022/CK2010102202000087.html)

The 32nd national technical skills competition for persons with disabilities (the Abilympics) was held for three days from October 15 in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Eri Takahashi (33), who works for the Canon Inc. Utsunomiya office in the Utsunomiya City Kiyohara Industrial Estate in Tochigi Prefecture, won the third place in the item of word processing skills.

Eri, a born-Deaf woman, uses a hearing aid and does lipreading. She was recommended by the superior in July, 2010 to participate in the local prefecture Abilympics. She was enlisted in the item of word processing skills that required for the proficiency of the operation of the computer software to make and edit documents.

Eri unexpectedly won the championship, and since then she kept practicing several hours every day in preparation for the national competition in Yokohama City.

At the competition, 46 best experts with disabilities who were chosen from across the nation. The agenda was to produce a letter of invitation, two table charts, and five English sheets with the computer in the given time.

Eri hardly slept because of the tension the day before, and the tremble of the hands did not stop immediately before the competition on that day.

However, Eri recalls with wry smiles, saying that she was surprised at the difficulty of the agenda and a lot of work required to be completed in the time, which, on the contrary, made her concentrate on the work".

She says that she saw the competitors were very serious and highly skilled, who gave her courage. "I will not use any excuse because I have a disability. I feel it is very important that any person should work with commitment".

Group of deafened and HoH to hold conference in Chiba Prefecture in November

The Chiba Prefecture Association of the Deafened and Hard of Hearing, in cooperation from several organizations concerned, will hold the conference in commemorative of the 25th anniversary of establishment in the Ichikawa City Citizens Hall in Chiba Prefecture on November 14, 2010, Sunday, 10:30-15:30.

-Commemorative ceremony
-Keynote lecture:
Theme: "Even if I do not hear it, I have a good life"
Lecturer: Noriko Tanaka
(certified interpreter and sign language instructor)
Traditional comic story telling in sign language, magic, and lottery

There will be an exhibition by the enterprises related to the support devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and a hearing aid consultation in the hall, too.

Registration fee: 2500 yen (preregistration requested)

Magnetic induction loop, caption on the overhead project and note taking, CART and interpreting will be provided.

Sign language circle in Shizuoka City receiving national volunteer service award

Vice president Michiyo Takahashi with the national award.
(photo: http://www.shizushin.com/news/local/central/20101022000000000031.htm)

The sign language circle, called "Suruganokai", based in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, won the volunteer merit commendation by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.

The ceremony was held in the city office on October 21. Vice president Michiyo Takahashi attended representing her circle and received the award from the mayor. She said, "We indeed feel honored, and encouraged for our future work. We will work to promote the local citizens to understand Deaf people more".

Formed in in April, 1970, "Suruganokai" with about 100 members has been active to spread sign language and exchange with the local Deaf community. Also it has involved in such activities as teaching the city's sign language classes, joining a various kind of events in the city, etc.

Japanese visitors learn from Deaf students in Canada

The seven students and six teachers were visiting E.C. Drury school for the Deaf last week from Japan to learn more about Canadian culture and Drury’s bilingual — ASL and English — education system. They observed the school’s Grade 8 class.

Link (English):

Japanese Deaf history conference to be held in Shiga Prefecture in November

The Japanese Deaf History Society will hold the 13th Japanese Deaf History Conference in Omi-Yawata City, Shiga Prefecture on November 27-28, 2010.

Kichinosuke Nishikawa was born in the city. He was one of the old principals of the Shiga Prefecture Oral School and aggressively promoted the oral education in the 1930's. He banned the use of sign language even to his deaf daughter, Hamako. She was brought up in the strict oral education as a role model for the Deaf children during the era.

The conference will celebrate the 70th anniversary since his death, stressing on Deaf education from a historical viewpoint as its theme.

Tentative program:
- November 27, Saturday
13:00 opening ceremony
13:30 Keynote speech
"Kichinosuke and Hamako Nishikawa : Their Life and Human relationships"

15:30 break
15:45 Talk Show: "Remembering Kichinosuke Nishikawa and Hamako"
17:00 break
17:30-19:00 research reports

- November 28, Sunday
09:15 research reports
10:45 break
11:00 workshops: "What is a Deaf history group?" to learn the needs of the group and and how to increase membership.
12:30-13:00 plenary session

- Registration fee:
Member: 5000 yen (student: 4000 yen)
Non-member: 6000 yen (student: 5000 yen)

Deaf news caster to present lecture in Mie Prefecture in November

The lecture meeting, sponsored by the Tsu City Welfare Association of the Deaf, will take place on November 7, Sunday, 13:30-15:30 in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.

The theme of the lecture: "Current situation of Meisei Gakuen* - Meaning of offering education in sign language"

*A school for the Deaf, located in Tokyo, where the Deaf children are taught in JSL.

The lecturer will be Hirosuke Ono
(Deaf daily news caster and a teacher of the Meisei Gakuen)

Spoken interpreting will be provided

Fee: 1000 yen for older than high school student (with material)

Deaf news caster to present lecture in Mie Prefecture in November

The lecture meeting, sponsored by the Tsu City Welfare Association of the Deaf, will take place on November 7, Sunday, 13:30-15:30 in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture.

The theme of the lecture: "Current situation of Meisei Gakuen* - Meaning of offering education in sign language"

*A school for the Deaf, located in Tokyo, where the Deaf children are taught in JSL.

The lecturer will be Hirosuke Ono
(Deaf daily news caster and a teacher of the Meisei Gakuen)

Spoken interpreting will be provided

Fee: 1000 yen for older than high school student (with material)

Performance of Chinese Deaf group called off in Japan  

It was reported that the "China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe" has called off their performance in Japan, according to the interview to the event project company, WAT, located in Kofu City on October 19.

The troupe is well known for the repertoire such as "thousand-hands goddess of mercy".

According to WAT, the performance was scheduled in 22 places in the country from October 19th to November 26th; starting with Kofu City in Yamanashi Prefecture, Nagoya, Tokyo, Sapporo, etc.

The troupe called early October, explaining that they have decided to cancel the performance in Japan because "the necessary formalities for going abroad became difficult". This seems unclear whether it is related with the influence of the Senkaku Islands issue.

The friendship exchange program of the students of the prefecture school for the deaf located in Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture and the troupe members that had been scheduled on October 18 before the performance was also canceled.

Signing singers to perform at national sports meet for disabled in Chiba Prefecture

Kiyomi Nakamura (right) and Atsushi Sakaki

Kiyomi Nakamura (33), a Deaf singer, says, "I don't know whether I sing well. Only I feel failed everyday". Atsushi Sakaki (35), a hearing guitarist, responds, "We always get over with the difficulty by meeting the audience".

The 10th National Sports Meet for Persons with Disabilities will take place in Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture on October 23-24. At the event 13 items are scheduled both in the individual and the group according to the category of disability.

The singing group will perform in front of over 3,000 athletes and more than 10,000 spectators in the opening ceremony. They say, "We will be given energy by them. We have been excited about it".

When Atsushi sang in the corner of the town of Kitasenju in Tokyo eight years ago, Kiyomi told him that she heard only his songs". And the duo started. Since then Atsushi trained her hard almost every day.

There is a part that Kiyomi will sing, too, in the opening ceremony though she usually supports Atsushi singing a song by her dance and sign language.

They say, "We will never stop singing together. When we go to other place far away, we see very energetic elderly persons, who give us their great power".

Hard of hearing man doing Karate for 55 years in Oita Prefecture

Kenichi Kono with the certificate as a master of the Okinawa legitimate Karate.
(photo: http://www.oita-press.co.jp/localNews/2010_128728291629.html)

It has been 55 years for Kenichi Kono (67) with the Karate. He has his own gym, teaching office workers and university students in Oita City, Oita Prefecture.

Kenichi acquired the ninth class certificate of the Okinawa legitimate Karate in April this year. He says, "I will continue to do the Karate until I die".

When he was a junior high school student, Kenichi started the Karate. He lost hearing in the left ear due to scarlet fever at the age of three. He had wanted to overcome the inferiority complex that came from his deafness.

Kenichi came across actual combat Karate with the use of a part of protector at the age of 17, and later gave himself up to the kind of Karate that does not require to wear the protector at all.

He had won the championship in the lightweight class of the national athletic meeting, having been an active player until he was 39 years old.

Kenichi is teaching the Karate at his gym while working in the salvage industry company. Also he is serving as the vice president of the Oita Prefecture Association of the Hard of Hearing.

Deaf school to be integrated into special support school in Chiba Prefecture next spring

The Chiba Prefecture Education Board has decided that the Tateyama School for the Deaf where ten young children are enrolled in Tateyama City will be integrated into the Awa Special Support School with 127 students enrolled in April next year because of the number of Deaf children on decrease.

The Awa Special Support School, located in the city, currently offers the elementary, junior high school and high school program to children with the intellectual disability and the sickly. Next springy the kindergarten, elementary and junior high school divisions for the Deaf children will be added.

The schoolhouse of the School for the Deaf will be used effectively in the future for children with the intellectual disability and the sickly who will be on the increase.

Booklet on Deaf people and sign language published to enhance social understanding

The booklet titled "We Love Communications"
(photo: http://www.sanyo.oni.co.jp/news_s/news/d/2010101511105964/)

The Okayama Prefecture Welfare Association of the Deaf started sales of a booklet titled "We Love Communications" (A5-size, 32 pages; 300 yen) that explains plainly about the environment surrounding the Deaf, interpreting, etc.

Earnings from the sale will be allotted to the activity capital of the Association, which is calling, "Your help is needed to the achievement of the society that the Deaf live a daily life without any difficulties".

The booklet was produced by an organization, composed of the national group of the Deaf and the national interpreter group, etc., to request the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the government. They also propose the necessity of defining sign language as a "language" in the draft revision of the Disabled Persons Fundamental Law.

Popular Deaf comic talk show held in Sizuoka Prefecture

The Deaf talk show, based on odd scenery in daily life like caricature in JSL, has won the popularity of the local Deaf community.

This is performed by Kozo Morisaki (48), a Deaf-born man and the owner of a barbershop in the Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefectre.
(his image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgAjd3Y3hYk&feature=player_embedded#!)

He and his friends held the Deaf comic talk show in Shimizu City in the prefecture on October 11. It was the second in two years, and about 300 people gathered, enjoying big laughter. Kozo performed 17 comic stories for 3 hours.

There are about 2,000 Deaf persons in the prefecture according to Tomoko Maeta (52), assistant to the secretary of the Shizuoka Association of the Deaf. She says, "Everyone, no matter Deaf or hearing, really enjoy laughing, though the word, "Deaf", quickly reminds you of 'Trouble' and 'Welfare'".

Deaf Rugby Festival to be held in Tokyo

The second Deaf Rugby Festival held in 2009.
(photo: http://www.rugby-japan.jp/future/others/2009/id7201.html)

The annual Deaf Rugby Festival is held aiming at the spread and the team strengthening of the Deaf rugby.

The Japan Deaf Rugby Union will hold the 3rd Festival in the Tatsumi Forest Rugby Training Field in Tokyo with the cooperation of the Japan Rugby Football Union on Sunday, October 31, 2010.

Tentative schedule:
11:30 exhibition match
13:00 Rugby class for Deaf kids
14:00 get-together

Hearing boy arrested for pouring hot water on Deaf homeless

The Deaf homeless man used to sleep on the bench and stayed in the park.
(photo: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/crime/101012/crm1010121134005-n1.htm)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department juvenile crime section and the Kanda police station arrested a junior high school student (14) from Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture on the suspicion of injury of the Deaf man (67) by sprinkling the hot water which caused a large burn.

According to police officials, the schoolboy admits the suspicion, saying that "The reaction that the old man showed looked so funny".

The boy put about a half litter of hot water into the paper carton in the nearby convenience store, and then went to the park in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on September 18 around 19:25 where the homeless was sleeping on the bench. The boy poured it on the neck of the homeless, who was hospitalized for the one-month treatment of the burn over the neck and shoulder.

Interpreters decreased in Hiroshima Prefecture

Students receive the basic course on interpreting.
(photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201010120029.html)

In Higashi-hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, the number of interpreters involved in the interpreter dispatch service is insufficient. Twenty-three interpreters registered under the service is less than 10% of about 470 Deaf residents.

The city is aiming at helping the applicant for the qualification acquisition and an increase of the volunteers by offering sign language classes.

The interpreting service consigns to the city social welfare organization by the city. About 200 Deaf residents a year in total use it. Those who has passed the beginner's class examination to be a interpreting volunteer in Hiroshima Prefecture will be registered.

However, most of them are busy with child care and work. While some of them have a health problem because of a bigger physical burden, aging advances, too, and eight interpreters have quit the service, compared with 31 active interpreters of fiscal year 2007.

The city welfare organization has offered the course since last year, and for this current year a new course is scheduled for November. This time, the target will be those who completed the basic course that trains the interpreting volunteers.

Women's volleyball combined team winning first round

Volleyball team won the first round at the official game.
(photo: http://mytown.asahi.com/areanews/gifu/NGY201010090018.html)

The Gifu local high school volleyball game took place on October 9, and the women's volleyball combination team, the first-ever national team consisted from Deaf and hearing students, won the first round in the official game.

However, the team, due to lack of power, was repelled by the Gifu North High School in the second round, defeated.

Tomohiro (29) a hearing teacher of the Gifu School for the Deaf, who served as the coach of the combination team, said in deep emotion, "I believe the Deaf students must have felt happy with playing equally with the hearing players and their confidence might be deepened".

The combined team immediately restarted the practice on October 10 for the prefecture preliminary game scheduled for October 24 before the National High School Championship (high volleyball game in spring).

Volleyball teams of Deaf school and hearing school combined for game in Gifu Prefecture

Deaf students and hearing students work hard at practice volleyball as a combined team.
(photo: http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/news/kennai/20101008/201010081057_11857.shtml)

The women's volleyball club both in the high school of the Gifu School for the Deaf and Gifu Seitoku College High School, both located in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture, were combined as a team to play in the general sport meet held in the city on October 9.

It is the first time in the country that Deaf students and hearing students were made into a combined team to participate in the official game of a general high school.

While Gifu Schools for the Deaf has five players, Gifu Seitoku College High School has four. So either team would fail meet the number of six players as a team required by the participation regulations of the general high school official game.

The formation of combined teams has become possible, because of the member shortage admitted to participate in the game was allowed by the regulations revision of the National High School Physical Education Federation this year.

Both the volley ball teams, which have practiced together for years, were combined as a team without any difficulty in August.

Former teacher of Deaf children holding photograph exhibition in Tottori Prefecture

Keiichi Takada, a former teacher of the school for the Deaf, at his photograph exhibition in Tottori City.
(photo: http://www.nnn.co.jp/news/101008/20101008006.html)

The photograph exhibition of Keiichi Takada (62) was held in two locations in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture on October 8-13. He was a former teacher of Tottori Prefecture School for the Deaf who had raised the photograph club for the students to the best one across the country.

The exhibition was planned as a part of the 100th anniversary of establishment of the school. To appeal understanding of the Deaf people living in the community, the exhibition introduced the old and present situations of 65 graduates by the 120 monotone photos along with the sentences.

Keiichi worked for the school for 33 years from 1976 and formed the photograph club as an adviser to encourage the withdrawing students to be independent in the workforce after leaving. He has aimed also at the promotion of communications skills through the club activities.

He had taken photograph of the graduates for two years before retirement. They, aged 18-50s, live nationwide and cooperated in the project.

Keiichi pleasantly said, "When attending school, the students who had disliked to be taken a photograph responded willingly to the project. Everyone looked forward to the photograph exhibition".

Persons with disabilities including Deaf taking driving course in Niigata Prefecture

The participant is driving the car around with the supervising instructor sitting next to him in the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre.
(photo: http://mytown.asahi.com/areanews/niigata/TKY201010040296.html)

A group involved in promotion of the traffic safety in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture and the prefecture police, etc. held the driving course at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre in the city on October 3. It aimed to check the driving skills. Over 30 people participated with their own car.

The participants drove the car with the supervising instructor from the car driving school, who was next to the driver, around in the center.

They said, "I have driven in my own way, but it was good to learn how turn the steering wheel, etc".

After the course, the Deaf participant aged 55 said, "The instructor gave me good advice. Hereafter, I will drive safety".

Workshop for interpreter to be held in Tokyo

The Tokyo Interpreter Dispatch Center will hold the 22nd interpreter technique course on October 31st, 2010, Sunday, 9:30-16:30 in Tokyo.

Capacity: 300 people
No spoken interpreting provided.

Lecture: "An Interpreter and A Cultural Anthropologist"
Lecturer: Nobutake Kamei
(associate professor of Osaka International University and researcher of Japanese Institute of Sign Language Studies)

Lectures on interpreting technique
(1) "To support comprehensible expression technique"
(2) "The knack of raising the reverse interpreting power"
These lectures will be given by the center staff.

Registration fee: 4000 yen (material and lunch included)

Hearing teacher of Deaf children awarded for development of teaching material

Tokihiro Hashimoto shows the teaching material for displaying art works and comments, etc. on screen.
(photo: http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/chiba/20101007/CK2010100702000076.html)

Early October the teaching material that Tokihiro Hashimoto (51), a hearing art teacher of Tsukuba University Special Support School for the Deaf, won the 41st Hakuho Award (in category of special support education) of a foundation, the Hakuho Children Education Development Association established in 1970.

Tokihiro has made a CD software which shows on the screen what any student, friend, or the teacher comments on the painting and the sculpture, the art works made by the students, etc.

He has worked since 2005 fiscal year. The explanation of the technical term of the art, etc. was also included in the software.

The Deaf students' work collection software was made in Japanese and Hangul in cooperation with the National Seoul School for the Deaf in South Korea last May.

Deaf athlete placed 14th for men's hammer throw at national sports event in Chiba Prefecture

The annual National Sports Festival was held in Chiba Prefecture on September 25- October 5.

Masatoshi Morimoto (25) from Shiga Prefecture was placed 14th for the men's hammer throwing. The Deaf hammer thrower was a gold medalist at the "Deaflympic Games" in Taiwan last year with the world record of 61.08m.

He started playing sports at the Shiga Prefectural Oral School for the Deaf, and has participated in the inter-high school competition.

He record was 58.82m at the National Sports Festival. He said, "I tried my best as a normal athlete as possible. I have been in the quiet mountain and my reaction seemed delayed, but I indeed enjoyed the hammer throw".

The annual National Sports Festival for Persons with Disabilities will take place on October 23-25 in Chiba City.

Imperial couple visiting Deaf school in Chiba Prefecture

Prince Akishinonomiya and his wife Princess Kiko stopped by the Prefecture Chiba School for the Deaf located in Chiba City on October 5. They were on the way to attend the 65th National Sports Festival closing ceremony in the city.

They observed the classroom where the Deaf young children learned the language and the vocational training program for the high school students.

Princes Kiko who had been learning sign language since the school days talked in sign language with the children, "I hope the weather will be good for your excursion", etc.

Prince Akishinonomiya, the younger brother of the Crown Prince, also greeted to each children, "Hello", "Thank you" in sign language, which was warmly welcomed by them.

Vibration board for Deaf put on floor to feel the music

The member of the sign language band "Kokoro-oto" express lyrics in sign language following the vocalist.

The sound of a live concert is experienced with the vibration board set up on the floor, offered by Hibino Co.
(photo: http://mytown.asahi.com/kanagawa/news.php?k_id=15000001010050004)

For the live concert by a sign language band, called "Kokoro-oto", the acoustic system will be introduced so that the Deaf audience will be able to feel the music.

The vibration board called "The Floor Shaker" is set up on the floor, and the loud speaker usually on the stage side is put behind the hall.

The Deaf person tends to come near the stage to feel the vibration from the loud speaker in a music event.

When he or she can't come near the stage, it is impossible to feel the vibration of the sound. So the Floor Shaker and the loud speaker is placed behind.

"Kokoro-oto" was formed in 2000 and there are Deaf and hearing members. They will perform a live concert at "Club Touch" in Kwasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture on October 10. Admission fee is 3,000 yen.

Lecture meeting by sign language news casters to be held in Kanagawa Prefecture

The Miyamae Ward Association of the Deaf, located in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, will held the lecture meeting in the city on October 10, 2010, Sunday, 14:00-16:30.

-"The sign language of the Deaf"
Lecture by Kiyo Tanaka, Coda.
Enjoy her attractive sign language.

-"Inside story of NHK* sign language news program"
Short talk show by Kiyo Tanaka and Hirosuke Ono, who are the sign language newscasters.

*NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai; Japanese Broadcasting)

Admission fee: 1500 yen
*the fee will be discounted for the regular member and the supporting member .

*No spoken interpreting provided.

Sign language circle learning how to support the Deaf at downpour disaster in Hiroshima Prefecture

Members of the JSL circle experience the strong rainfall.
(photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/Disaster/An201010010184.html)

About 20 members of a JSL circle called "Ayumi" (Progress) in Hiroshima City visited the Chugoku Technical Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in the city and participated in the experience program on September 30.

The staff explained to them that Hiroshima Prefecture is the worst in the country for the dangerous stream of debris flow, and that the rainfall which begins at 150 ml per hour continues to increase to 40ml per hour without stop will cause the sediment disaster.

The staff also told them to get prepared well beforehand, such as the place of a shelter, etc.

And then the members put on the raincoat and boots and experienced the rainfall at 100ml per hour in the rainfall experience machine. They actually felt the situation that they were not able to hear the voice easily because of the intense sound of the rain (photo).

The on-site workshop was planned taking the opportunity of the downpour disaster in July. Fumiko Suyama (46), a Deaf JSL instructor said, "We Deaf people feel scared of the disaster and are worried about whether we can obtain the emergency disaster information. We need to prepare things in a time of the disaster".

Comic strips, produced by Deaf woman on life with hearing dog, now on net

Asami Uehara and "Matsu", her hearing dog.

The cartoon strips that Asami Uehara (46), a Deaf resident in Okinawa Prefecture, drew about her life with her 9-year-old hearing dog, "Matsu" is now on the net. (http://okinawa-manga.com/wp-content/uploads/manga/books/june_books/2010_0625_matsukun/index.html)

She is the first user of the hearing dog in the area of Kyushu and Okinawa, the southern islands of Japan. Matsu has been sent from an organization called the Japan Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, located in Nagano Prefecture, for free.

According to the organization, Asami's 33-page comic on her experience with the hearing dog in actual life may be the first time in Japan.

She says, "I would be glad if my comic helps hearing people to get interested in the hearing dog and the Deaf community".

Deaf organizations starting signature activity to request information accessibility at disaster

Seven Deaf organizations in Gunma Prefecture started the signature activity in September to request the "information access and communications" for the Deaf community at the disaster, etc.

It aims that the ministries concerned recognize the disaster information, etc. to be provided promptly by more interpreters, etc. as the "right" of the Deaf person.

The groups plan to collect about 20,000 signatures in the prefecture by August next year.

The Deaf community was not aware of the critical accident that occurred in the nuclear power plant in Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1999, because they were unable to catch the disaster prevention wireless.

The nationwide signature campaign responded to the move that the government headquarters which promotes the reform of the disability system. It plans to submit the draft of the amendment bill of the Disabled Persons Fundamental Law by next year.