English article: Deaf graduate student completes thesis in sign language

October 15, 2015


A graduate school student, born Deaf, has become the first person in Japan to undertake the challenge of completing a master’s degree thesis through Japanese sign language. 

Shinya Kawabata, 36, studying at the Japan College of Social Work in Kiyose, western Tokyo, has been video recording the sign-language thesis for presentation in DVD format to the graduate school. 

As the title of his master’s thesis, Kawabata has chosen "Support for the deaf LGBT by means of sign language."

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