April 19, 2016
Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka established the "Sign Language Research Center" on April 1, 2016, funded by The Nippon Foundation which helps the Center run a project in fiscal year 2016. The Center on sign language research is the first kind of establishment in a university nationwide.
The Center will focus primarily on Sign Language scientifically and academically, placing sign language as a language and raising the linguistic awareness. Also hearing and Deaf persons cooperate in order to enrich promotion of all kinds of study related to the sign language as a theme, training researchers and promoting sign language education, and as well social enlightenment of sign language.
Celebrating its establishment, the Center will host a symposium in a hotel in Osaka-shi, Hilton Osaka, on June 19, 2016. A keynote speech by Yaneya Atsuko, Akashi assembly member who is Deaf and the report on the activities of eight years by the Japanese Sign Language Class in the Human Welfare Science Department are scheduled.
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