Deafblind organization to be established in Kagoshima Prefecture

Hayashi* Miki* (林美喜子), chairmen of the board of directors (next to a male in white shirt), discusses supported by a sign language interpreter.

June 6, 2013

The deafblind persons who live in Kagoshima Prefecture formed the non-profit organization (NPO) "Kagoshima Prefecture Society of the DeafBlind" in the prefecture, a part of Japan's southern island.

They will hold an establishment commemoration convention in the hotel in Kagoshima-shi on July 14.

The members intend to appeal for many more participation and to advance improvement in a living environment, and social participation.

According to the investigation of the prefecture and Kagoshima-shi, there are about 590 deafblind residents.

The organizing committee was formed in 2009, and the founding of the group was approved as an NPO at the end of March, this year. About 20 members in total, including the group concerned, supporters, and family members.


The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next.

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