The Yamanashi Prefecture Association and other groups hosted the annual ear day festival at the center in South Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture on March 6.
As part of the program, a hearing woman, Chris Koizumi (34), was invited to give a speech on the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand that occurred in February.
She has learned to become an interpreter in Kofu City in the prefecture, and had stayed to learn New Zealand sign language at that time when the earthquake hit the city.
She explained what the disaster situation of the Deaf community in Christchurch looked like. She said the interpreting at the press briefing was greatly helpful to them.