The study meeting which deepens an understanding about deafness was held in the chamber of commerce hall in Higashi-Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture the night of May 14.
The Higashi-Hiroshima junior chamber of commerce sponsored it, and about 100 members and residents participated.
Although there are about 470 Deaf/deaf persons in the city, those who use sign language are reportedly less than 100 persons.
A sign language interpreter, Karasawa* Mika*, 51, explained, "I hope you understand that communication with a Deaf/deaf person does not rely only sign language but also various methods, such as writing."
The participants divided into several groups learned how to communicate with a Deaf/deaf person through various games such like lip-reading, etc.
In response to the result that few persons gave the right answers when lip-reading, Karasawa explained, "Even if Japanese differs in pronunciation, there are many words with the same form on a mouth." She suggested that using gestures would help communication go smooth.
Akiyama* Akemi* and other members of the Higashi-Hiroshima Association said that the Deaf/deaf persons are troubled usually and asked for cooperation: the Deaf/deaf cannot grasp a situation, even if a train stops at an accident; "Deaf/deaf workers cannot hear the siren in the workplace which tells the commencement of work or closing time, etc.
The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next.