"Sign Language" taught as subject at hearing high school

Deaf instructor (left)
April 21, 2017 

In 2014, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was the first city/town/village to carry out a sign language regulation in the country.

Ishikari Shoyo High School in the city has begun introduced "Sign Language" as a subject equal to Japanese on April 20.

The second-year students who select the subject as an elective course that a Deaf person teaches. The Hokkaido Prefecture Board of Education says it is a leading move even in the country.

Sixteen students have signed for the elective course the current year.

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Deaf school children experience the world of kabuki

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November 25, 2016

A kabuki class was provided by the Non Profit Organization called "The Traditional Culture Class" in Tokyo, which works on the spread of kabuki, on November 24 at the Prefectural Matsue School for the Deaf located in Matsue-shi, Shimane Prefecture, part of western Japan. 

About 50 students from the preschool, elementary through high school participated (photo 1). They experienced the world of kabuki, such as challenging a peculiar make-up "kumadori" (photo 2), and others.

Fujitsu's Ontenna could be a big deal for the deaf

Oct 3, 2016 


Among the robots, big screens and fast computers of Japan's Ceatec electronics show, a small prototype being shown off by Fujitsu is probably one of the lowest tech gadgets on the show floor, but it could be one of the most important.

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Animated film "A Silent Voice" as second at box offices

December 3, 2016


The 2016 Japanese anime Koe no Katachi movie (A Silent Voice) might be the next Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) after its successful release on September 17.
Naoko Yamada’s Koe No Katachi made it as second at box offices in Japan. 
This anime school drama film’s story focuses on friendship between former classmates Shoya Ishida and Shoko Nishimiya. Ishida is a delinquent who bullied his elementary deaf classmate, Nishimiya.

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Prime Minister’s wife visits Gallaudet University

February 12, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, Akie Abe 


On Friday, February 10, as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the U.S., his wife Akie visited Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. accompanied by D.C. Police’s deaf liaison unit.

Before heading with her husband to Florida to meet President Trump and his wife, Akie toured the school.

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Deaf Film Festival held in Tokyo attracts 1,500 people

Symposium in the Tokyo Deaf Film Festival 

April 16, 2017

For three days from April 7, the first film festival related to the Deaf community as its theme was held in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo.

Mainly twelve documentaries by Deaf persons as an actor or a director were shown, attracting about 1,500 audience.

Besides, the French short film that introduces the works of a Japanese Deaf photographer named Inoue Koji, the comedy titled "Still Here" played by British Deaf  actors and others were introduced. Also Inoue's photograph exhibition and workshop were held.

The Film Festival was organized by two Deaf women. They said that they hoped to held such an event regularly in future and also to provide the place to train the Deaf persons who aim at movie making.

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