Hearing pro wrestler to join Disability Pro Wrestling in November

The professional wrestling performance that a group of Deaf  wrestlers comes into action, titled "WILD HERO2"-Yamiki Mourning Performance, is scheduled for November 5, in Tokyo.

The group interviewed in the Tokyo Metropolitan area on September 29, and announced that Onita Atsushi, a well-known hearing pro wrestler, will join the event. (photo: left)

Onita who accepted the request of an ace wrestler Tomoryu,  made a comment, "I have supported a disability sport already, so I accepted the offer with my pleasure. I'd like to be of assistance by all means."

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English article: Princess Kako connects via sign language at high school contest

September 26, 2016


For the second year in a row, Princess Kako attended the opening ceremony of a national high school competition in Kurayosi, Tottori Prefecture  featuring the communication system for the Deaf on Sept. 25, giving her speech in sign language as well as orally. (photo)
Twenty teams from across Japan participated in the competition to show the expressive art of sign language. Kumamoto School for the Deaf won the championship. 

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Sign language support in soccer game

September 25, 2016  

On September 25, there was a match for J1 Omiya against Tosu at the NACK5 Stadium Omiya in Saitama Prefecture next Tokyo.

J1 Omiya made September 25 "The Sign Language Support Day" and performed sign language support with a slogan, "Soccer Support for normalization", aiming at that persons with disabilities and those without enjoy a sport.

 On the day, about 1,900 people participated in the event. (photo)

Sign Language Support had begun in 2006, but it resumed in  2010 again after a stop. The event held on September 25 was the 8th time. The participants in the stadium used sign language through soccer watch, becoming one group.

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More hearing dogs with enterprise support toward Tokyo Paralympics

September 24, 2016   
Takahashi (left) is presented 
a hearing dog Kosuke

There are only sixty-five hearing dogs nationwide. Takahashi Hiromi, 39, a Deaf woman in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, has a hearing dog named Kosuke, poodle aged three.

With support from "The Pets First" located in Ota-ku, Tokyo which develops a pet shop nationwide, Kosuke was trained Japanese Assistance Dog Society in Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture since last summer, and became a hearing dog after it lived with Takahashi at her home.

The society strengthens the upbringing of hearing dogs and sets its sights on ten a year until Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 taking the opportunity to get funds-like support from The Pets First this time.

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English article: Deaf climber - Scaling new heights regardless of disability

September 22, 2016

Having successfully reached the summit of 8,848-meter Mt. Everest in May, alpinist Satoshi Tamura, 51, used sign language to convey his message to an audience at his alma mater, the Tokyo Metropolitan Tachikawa School for the Deaf in Tachikawa, Tokyo, on June 27. 
“It doesn’t matter whether or not you can hear. If you have the courage to give it a try, you’ll find a way,” said Tamura, who lives in Tachikawa.

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Wife of Deaflympian wins 8th place with Japanese record

September 17, 2016
Chiaki checks the starting line with her guide.

A Japanese Paralympian Takada Chiaki, 31, who is visually impaired, competed for a female long jump (T11) final game on September 16, and was placed 8th, renewing a Japanese record with 4m 45cm.

Her husband Takada Yuji is on the Japanese Track and Field Team. They both have encouraged each other as an athlete married couple.

Yuji was planning to come to support his wife Chiaki at the Paralympics, but airplane trouble continues and was stalled at New York. He had to see her game on TV at the airport.

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Second year after Ontake-san eruption: remembering Deaf parents

September 16, 2016

Two years will pass on September 27 since an eruption in Ontake-san (sitting on the border of Nagano and Gifu Prefectures), which took 58 people dead and 5 missing persons.

A deaf couple, Ioka Tetsuya and his wife Hiromi from Kofu-shi, Yamanashi Prefecture, were among the dead climbers. Their hearing son Sho was a second year student of the Prefectural Kofu Industrial High School then.

The body of his  mother Hiromi was found as a result of the search, and it was ten months later in July, 2015 when his father Tetsuya was found.

Their son Sho got over the grief from loss of his Deaf parents and went to Shibaura Institute of Technology in April this year. 

"I will live longer to always remember them." He dreams of the technical development to make a Deaf person live comfortably, concentrating on study every day.

His parents were buried in a cemetery in Kofu-shi where overviews Mt. Fuji. Sho chose the place for his parents who loved climbing

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English article: Silent voice anime film

Sep 14, 2016


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Interpreting service provided for UNESCO World Heritage spot in Gunma Prefecture

September 10, 2016
Tomioka-shi in Gunma Prefecture and others have begun the business to dispatch a sign language interpreter to Tomioka Silk Mill which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

The interpreting service at a tourist spot is also unusual nationwide, and the spread of such a service across the country is expected.

At Tomioka Silk Mill built in 1872, in front of the old depot of a cocoon, what the guide explained was interpreted into sign language for a Deaf group at the beginning of September.

One person of the group said, "I visited here the fifth time. Thanks to interpreting I was happy I understood very well."

When a reservation is made one month ahead of the tour, an interpreter will be sent from the Gunma Prefecture Federation of the Deaf.

It was the "Sign Language Regulation" carried out in Gunma Prefecture in April, 2015 which made the opportunity for the interpreting service for Deaf visitors.

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Job training facility for the Deaf opens in Yamaguchi Prefecture

September 9, 2016

The job training facility, called "The Violet Hill," which supports work training mainly for the Deaf was opened in Shimonoseki-shi, Yamaguchi Prefecture, a part of western Japan on September 1. (photo)

The facility was remodeled from the building of kindergarten which was closed in March and was opened. 23 Deaf persons have registered as the user at present.

Out of six staffs, three are a sign language interpreter. The main communication methods are sign language and writing. Also six light systems put in six places including a hallway in the facility will light to warn an emergency.

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Deaf students help medical checkup rate improvement

Students of the Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama School for the Deaf in western Japan played a part in consultation rate improvement of the specific healthy examination in Kainan-shi.

Two students who learn nail art in a barber training set up the booth in a meeting place of the specific medical checkup held at Kainan Health Welfare Center on September 3 and gave nail art to every visitor. (photo)

City healthy department officials said, "We received a good response from everyone who participated in the event. Such as communicating by sign language, it was the friendly atmosphere."

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Hearing man arrested for abusing emergency system for the Deaf

September 7, 2016

Chiba Center Police Office arrested Terada Shuhei, a restaurant worker aged 20 Chiba-shi near Tokyo on September 7, 

Terada has been suspected to abuse the emergency 110 system intended for a Deaf/deaf person who has a cellular phone or smart phone, by giving a false report.

Trerada used the emergency email 110 system operated by 
 Chiba Prefecture Police on July 23, emailing the the false report that arson had happened, which resulted that policemen and a fire department staff were dispatched, interfered with their business.

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Deaf woodcarver to be awarded cultural prize

September 7, 2016

Kushiro-shi School Board in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, announced on September 6 that it elected two persons, a hearing woman aged 93 professing in a tea ceremony,  and Takiguchi Masamitsu, 75, a Deaf woodcarver as the Kushiro-shi Cultural Prize recipients this year for their respective contribution to cultural promotion in the city. 

The awards ceremony is being adjusted by leading with November 3, the Culture Day. The cultural prize was established in 1955, and 47 individuals and 11 groups were awarded by the previous fiscal year (March, 2015).

Takiguchi was born in Manchuria Mukden, currently in China,  and lost hearing due to a high fever by pneumonia in 1944. After graduating from University of Tsukuba School for the Deaf High School in Ishikawa near Tokyo, he moved to Akankoonsen in Hokkaido in 1967. He was estimated as a woodcarver such as he produced a Blakiston's fish owl, the wooden ritualistic implements the Ainu race uses in a ceremony and others. 

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Event to be held on problems of the Deaf in relation to earthquake

September 6, 2016

The event to discuss problems caused by Kumamoto Earthquake occurred in April from a point of Deaf view will be held at Kumamoto Prefecture School for the Deaf in Kumamoto-shi on September 18-19. 

The Deaf persons will report their own experiences caused by the natural disaster. The participants, Deaf and hearing, will discuss and exchange opinions on how to improve the points at the time of disaster.

At the event, organized by the Kumamoto Earthquake Deaf Support Head Office, the head of the Hyogo Prefecture Deaf Information Center which supported the Deaf community who suffered from the Great Hanshin Earthquake will give a lecture. 

The advisers, the doctors and the nurses who can use sign language stand by and give counseling service including medical treatment to relieve anxiety at the meeting place, and also law consultation will be offered by a lawyer.

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Book review: Exchange with the animal which uses sign language

September 5, 2016

In the colorfully picture story book titled "Hand Talk Zirafan," the mysterious animal, Zirafan, that uses sign language (hand talk) and the boy Mahr communicate with each other using   sign language, pictures and music vividly.

Kado Hidehiko, the author who is hearing born to his Deaf parents, began drawing a picture to clarify an idea in sign language when he was a boy.

The book is one full of pleasure to make you feel like learning sign language. (published by Shogakukan; 1400 yen)

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Play on human rights performed at junior high school cultural festival

September 4, 2016
The students learn sign language 
from a Deaf woman (left) before 

A play on human rights performed at Yoshino Junior High School in Aba city, Tokushima Prefecture is the traditional event which continues for more than 40 years.

Students made the original play related to human rights which made "disability" a theme. A play is performed at the school cultural festival on September 4, aiming at enhancement of understanding to a person with disabilities through an friendship exchange between a Deaf student and her classmates.

A senior student wrote a script, 3 students perform and  8 students take charge of sound effects and a narration.

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School basic survey on special support schools

September 4, 2016

According to the school basic survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as of May 1, the number of the special support schools* nationwide was 1,106, less 8 school than the fiscal year 2015.

*intellectual impairment, physical impairment, visual impairment, Deaf/hearing impairment, and other included.

On the other hand, the total number of the students was 137,939, the largest number in the past. 

The number of schools for the "visual impairment" was 63 (with 2, 050 students), the same as fiscal year 2015. The number of school for the Deaf was 86 (with 4,857 students), one school decreased.

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Prefecture police staff continues sign language workshop for 15 years

September 3, 2016

The sign language workshop for Shiga prefecture police staff members started in 2001. Total of about two hundred staff members have participated in the workshop for more than 15 years so far. (photo)

The workshop gives the good opportunity to learn a basis of communication with a Deaf person. The Deaf community highly estimates the sign language workshop as they feel safe when in emergency, and at the same time expects more understanding in the prefecture police as a whole.

The workshop has started with suggestion of the prefecture police staff who participated in the sign language club held at the prefecture office. Since then the workshop has been held weekly from May through August every year in the Prefecture Police Headquarters.

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Movie director Matsuyama Zenzo, dies

September 2, 2016

Matsuyama Zenzo died at his home in Minato-ku, Tokyo for senile decay at 8:41pm on August 27 at the age of 91. .
He was from Kobe-shi, a well-known movie director and  playwright for human works. 

One of his works that he directed was "Nameless, Poor, and Beautiful," in 1961. This movie was about hard life of the Deaf married couple who loved each other, which became a big hit.

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Movie by Deaf director on cycling experience through Japan to be shown

August 31, 2016
Imamura Ayako, 37, the movie director who resides in Nagoya-shi, filmed about her own experience in cycling through Japan. The movie titled "The Start Line" will be shown in Shinjuku, Tokyo on September 3.

A theme of her travel which lasted for 57 days is about  "a communication". Imamura was confronted with the biggest problem for herself taking the deaths of her mother and grandfather.

Imamura started travel by cycling from Okinawa Prefecture, Japan's southern island, in July, 2015. She visited only old Deaf persons at first. Even if she came across the cyclist who burst, she hesitated at conversation and passed him.

In Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, Imamura got to know a Deaf Australian man who could not understand Japanese. He talked to local people and enjoyed the communication while cycling through Japan.

Imamura felt, "The Australian has a feeling that he wants to talk with people first. It is all right for me to talk with people when I feel like to, not necessary to try to communicate hard."

"I have made a movie that has kept asking the viewers for understanding about Deaf people one-sidedly. I am in the blank state through the cycling tour. This is the start line for me." 

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Evacuation drill for persons with disabilities

September 1, 2016

Akashi-shi Social Welfare Council in Hyogo Prefecture near Osaka put the fire fighting practice with senior citizens and persons with disabilities who need support at the Municipal Welfare Center on August 31.

About 150 persons in need of support, and staff participated in the practice: the persons with wheel got help when escaping from the second floor using a slide (photo); the Deaf group 
were led by a staff carrying the standingly-orange-colored flag which says, "Leave for shelter! Follow me!"

Akashi-shi Office carried out "the regulation on the register for the people in need of help during emergency" aiming at safety ensuring of people who need support at the time of a disaster, on September 1.  

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In Japan, September 1 is Disaster Prevention Day (防災の日 bousai no hi?). This day commemorates the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and is a day on which disaster preparations are taken nationwide, especially in the Kantō region including Tokyo.

Movie theater for person with disabilities opens in Tokyo

September 1, 2016

The group that supports persons with disabilities collected donations and opened a movie theater, "Cinema Chupuki Tabata" on September 1 in Kita-ku, Tokyo. (photo)

Audio guide and caption are provided for the purpose of having people with disabilities enjoy a movie at the theater which the first floor of a building was remodeled.

Four times a day, a movie of the wide genre is planned to be shown except Wednesday.

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Prefecture entrusts sports ambassador to Deaf judoist

August 31, 2016  

The Shia Prefecture Office located near Kyoto will entrust a sports ambassador to Yamada Kosui, 35, a prefectural police staff, who resides at Hikone-shi in the prefecture. 

The entrustment will be granted at a meeting place of the prefecture schoolchildren judo meet to be held in Otsu-shi on September 4.

Yamada lost hearing for a high fever at 0 years old. He, who started judo in an elementary school, participated in interscholastic athletic meets. 

Yamada won a gold medal for judo in less than 100 kilograms class at the 21st Summer Deaflympics" in Taipei in 2009. He's making an effort toward upbringing of young judoists at present.

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Princess Mako greets by sign language at high school sign language speech contest

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.

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Hard of hearing twin players participate in Deaf Soccer Wold Cup

August 25, 2016

The Third Deaf Soccer World Cup was held in Italy during June  and July, 2016, in which sixteen national teams participated. Japan was defeated in the first league and was placed at the eleventh in the tournament followed.

The 19-year-old twin brothers, Okada Yuya and Takuya from Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama Prefecture next to Tokyo, were chosen to the Japanese team for the first time last year. 

They are both a University student, visiting the Kawaguchi-shi Municinpal Office in the prefecture and reported a result of the World Cup and others to the mayor. (photo: from right: Mayor, Yuya and Takuya)

The twin brothers who were born with hearing difficulties have played with hearing persons all the time while putting on a hearing aid since the first grader. 

They had no experience with Deaf soccer until these days, and neither of them also use sign language. Yuya said, "An eye contact with my teammate was important."

The Deaflympics will be held in Turkey next summer, and soccer will be also performed. Yuya and Takuya both promised, "We'll do our best to win a medal at the Deaflympics." 

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Dancing group participates in annual summer dance festival

"The Sea Horse Dancing Group" organized by both Deaf and hearing persons will participate in the 60th Tokyo Koenji Awa Odori Dance Festival" in the evening for two days from August 27 in Suginami-ku, Tokyo.

The name of the dancing group came from the sea horse which is a symbol for "Deaf" because its form looks like an ear. 

Since organization in 1981, the group has never missed an appearance in "Awa Odori Dance Festival" every year. (photo: left)

The Group has 98 members from the eighties to three years old, and about 1/3 of the membership are Deaf. While dancing, "the moment when everyone is gathered into one is best." The members practice enthusiastically this summer again. (photo: right)

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