|Hamamura, chairman of the board of directors, greets at an opening ceremony (center).|
July 1, 2013
The opening ceremony of a day-care facility "Open Space of the Hands" (「手と手の広場」) which accepts Deaf children after school took place in Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture on June 30.
About 50 persons from local town associations attended the opening ceremony.
According to the Non-profit Organization Hiroshima Welfare Association of the Deaf located in the city which manages the facility, this kind of facility is the first in five prefectures in Chugoku Region, western Japan.
Hamamura* Takamasa,* 56, chairman of the board of directors of the Welfare Association of the Deaf, greeted saying "We would like to make this facility into the place where every child spends a happy moment."
The facility, which was opened in May, has accepted 32 Deaf children and students from elementary through high school who live in the Hiroshima city zone.
A capacity is ten persons per day. Application for admission is required to make at a city/town of residence.
*Note: The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next.