August 27, 2016
Princess Mako of Akishinonomiya Family was present at the "The National High School Sign Language Speech Contest" at Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo on August 27. (photo)
She greeted using sign language for the opening ceremony. "Even if disaster information was broadcast through an audio device in case of Kumamoto Earthquake in September, it was difficult to reach out to a Deaf/deaf person," and also stated, "Our exchange would be broader by spreading sign language. It would lead to build the society that everyone lives safely."
The ten students who were chosen by prior screening demonstrated sign language that they have learned.
Princess gives speech in sign language at national sign language contest
Member of Imperial Family greets with sign language for first time at sign language speech contest in Tokyo