Nakayama (top) and Nagata
Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture:
"The 52nd Technical Olympic National Tournament" took place in Aichi Prefecture from November 28 to December 1. It is the "national tournament for technical experts" with which technicians younger than 23 year old compete for the highest skill level in the 41 job sections.
Nakayama Ryu (中山竜), 22, who belongs to Isuzu Motors Technical High School in Shizuoka-shi won a bronze prize in the mechanical constructive section.
He has participated in the competition since three years ago. In spite of the trouble occurred in equipment that didn't work during the engagement, he found out the cause, solved it immediately and finally got a bronze medal.
Another contest titled "The 35th National Disability Skills Tournament" (called "The National Abilympics") was opened in Aichi Prefecture on November 21-23.
It is the national tournament with which technicians with disabilities older than 15 year old compete their skills trained at a workplace. This year 336 persons, the largest number ever, joined to compete in the 24 skill sections.
Deaf dental craftsman, Nagata Eiji (永田英司), 42, who works at Corporation Yokohama Dental Institute in Shizuoka-shi for 21 years, was glad to win a silver medal.