May 18, 2015
Kashihara-shi, Nara Prefecture:
The 28th Prefecture Deaf Conference" took place at the Prefecture Social Welfare Center in Kashihara-shi next to Osaka on May 17, in which the persons concerned and citizens participated.
Hasegawa Akiko, 33, a developer of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, was invited as a keynote speaker.
Revealed that she had severe deafness when she was 9 months old, she started to have an interest in the universe about at the age of five. She explained the process which changed her occupation after working for a private enterprise, to the current job at the age of 24.
She encouraged the audience, "Because I have had been supported by many people, it is now what I am. Challenge the chance now and open the future one after another".