According to the Meisei Gakuen School website in Japanese, Saito Michio (斉藤道雄), principal who is hearing and a journalist, was appointed to the chairperson of the board of trustees, starting this April.
Kaya Yoko (榧陽子), who is a Deaf female teacher and vice principal, was promoted to principal, too.
The Meisei Gakuen School, located in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, is well known for the only school for the Deaf in Japan that uses Japanese Sign Language as the first language of the Deaf children for instruction.
Fifty-eight students are enrolled currently: 15 preschoolers, and 43 graders from 1st through 9th.
Thirty one teachers (full and part timers) and staff in total work for the school.
Kaya may be the first Deaf female principal throughout the Japanese Deaf history, although there are Deaf males who were principal until the WWII area.