August 11, 2016
Kawakami Megumi, 40, who works for Okinawa Information Center located in southern Japan, is playing an active part as the "Deaf certified interpreter" (CDI) who underwent professional discipline.
In 2014, she acquired qualification from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID) located in the U.S.A. as the first Japanese DCI. She is the only DCI in Japan, too.
Kawakami experienced interpreting in the USA, and also stood on the platform as an interpreter at the World Sign Language Interpreting Congress held in Turkey in July, 2015.
Kawakami, who from a Deaf family, uses sign language as her first language. She attended a hearing school from elementary through high school. She majored in English at a university and after graduating, worked for a bank for eight years. Later she with a scholarship entered Gallaudet University, majoring in Deaf Studies and interpreting and obtaining a B.A.
She experienced as a Deaf interpreter in academic meetings at many sites in USA for about one year after getting an M.A., which leading to get qualified as a DCI.
Kawakami believes both of the hearing interpreter and the Deaf interpreter trained are needed to protect human rights of the Deaf person.