National High School Signed Speech Contest held in Tokyo

Princess Kiko (second from right), the wife of Prince Akishino, and her daughter Princess Mako (right) look at panel exhibition on a history of the contest.

August 31, 2013

The 30th National High School Signed Speech Contest was held in Tokyo on August 31, sponsored by Japanese Federation of the Deaf, the Asahi Shimbun welfare culture corporation, the Asahi Shimbun Publishing, etc.

Yamauchi Naho (山内菜帆), a sophomore of Shizuoka Prefecture Numazu West High School, won the first place.

She told about her experience with sign language. She learned about the language when she was unable hear temporarily. "In order to build true barrier-free society, I would like to contribute."

Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino,  was present with the eldest daughter, Mako.

Princess Kiko made a speech with sign language at the opening ceremony, "I hope for an understanding the life of Deaf people or sign language deeply and the society where everybody can live richly."

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