October 16, 2015
Ogawa (center) begins the first work.
A hearing staff (right) supports the
communication between him and the guest.
The barber/beauty shop called "Lupine Hair" where a person with disabilities and an able-bodied person work together equally opened in Sagamihara-shi near Tokyo on October 15.
It is managed by a corporate organization, the "Japanese Barber/Beauty Lupine Society" in the city with an aim at promoting social independence of a person with disabilities through barber/beauty work as well as welcoming a visitor with disability to the store to enjoy dressing up. Such project is also unusual in the whole country according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
On the open first day ,Ogawa Toshio, a deaf staff, 35, welcomed the first hearing guest, asked him what kind of hair style while indicating a homemade hair styles list by means of writing.
Ogawa fell ill and lost hearing about ten years ago when he was working at an ordinary beauty salon. He found the job-opening information and came to the new shop. He said with a smiling face, "It's very comfortable to work."
As the need arises, a hearing staff supports communication for the Deaf staff and the guest.
There used to be a barber/beauty training course in schools for the deaf across the whole country. After finishing it, the student acquired a national qualification before work, which would lead to an independent living. However, the needs on the side of employers decreased in recent years. There are only two schools, Hiratsuka School for the Deaf in Kanagawa next to Tokyo and Fukuoka School for the Deaf in southern Japan have offered a barber/beauty flirting presently.