Female singer encourages Deaf students with her songs

Imai sings with students on a stage (second from the left)
[photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/]

July 8, 2013

Imai* Eriko*, 29, a vocalist of the female music group called SPEED visited the Hiroshima Prefecture School for the Deaf in Hiroshima-shi, and sang songs for the high school students on July 7.

The Hiroshima board of education which held a skills proficiency examination at the school invited Imai in order to encourage the students who took the examination.

Imai appeared in the gymnasium in which about 80 students and guardians gathered, and sang songs including one that she wrote for her Deaf 8-year-old son.

One of the high school freshmen, 15, said happily, "I was glad that Imai spoke to me 'Do your best.'"

The board of education has conduced the skills proficiency examination in five fields, such as cleaning and reception, to support employment of Deaf students since 2011.

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

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