Deaf pro storyteller performs in public in Tottori
April 24, 2017

Deafee Ippuku, 59, is known as he  became a professional storyteller for the first time as a Deaf person.

He performed in public in Tottori-shi, Tottori Prefecture in western Japan on April 23.

Ippuku performed classical Rakugo. His  skillful art of storytelling invited audience's laugh.

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City assembly meeting report meeting provided with interpretation

April 23, 2017

Sanda City Assembly in Hyogo Prefecture next to Kyoto held a activity report meeting at a town center with interpretation on April 22. (photo)

It has being held every year since 2013 in order for a citizen to know the City's activity. Since the Sign Language regulation carried out this month was effective, interpreting was provided at the report meeting as the first try.

The budget in fiscal year 2017 of the city is a theme, and a report meeting will be held at three places included Sanda City. 

At the Sanda City meeting, 25 citizens participated and seven out of them were Deaf.

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Prefecture publishes booklet on reasonable accommodations for the person with disabilities

The sample booklet on the environmental 
development for a person with disabilities to live
April 22, 2017

Okayama Prefecture Office in western Japan made 3,000 copies of the booklet that introduces samples for enterprises and local offices to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities living in the prefecture as an 
example to respond the Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities enacted in April, 2016 (A4 size: 30 pages).

The samples booklet introduces about 100 examples reported by local firms and schools, such as communication through writing with a person who is hard/hard of hearing, setting a ramp for a person in wheelchair.

The booklet will be used in a workshop related to disabilities support and others. It can be seen on the website of the Prefecture Disability Welfare Division.

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Town office uses social networking service to spread sign language

April 22, 2017
Nakagawa-machi in Fukuoka Prefecture located in Japan's southern island   continues the work to spread sign language through social networking service (SNS).

While more interpreters are getting aged, the town office aims to raises the interest in sign language among the young generation. The Japanese Federation of the Deaf says, "Their work using SNS is unusual."

The town office has uploaded the 15-20 second animation titled "Everyone Signs in Our Town" weekly on Facebook and Instagram since September last year.

The welfare department in the town office started using sign language in a morning meeting in order to be able to communicate with Deaf clients about two years ago.

The Deaf visitors say, "We are glad to see more persons greet by sign language."

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Bandannas produced to support Deaf community in emergency

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April 21, 2017

The Ota City Office in Gunma Prefecture north of Tokyo made a bandanna for the purpose of immediate support to the Deaf community in emergency such as a disaster, etc. and distributed it to Deaf persons. (photo 2) 

The city disability welfare department says It is for the first time that such a bandanna was made by the autonomous body in the prefecture.

Also at the same time, the Asaka City Office in Saitama Prefecture next to Tokyo made 24 bandannas that meet the needs of the Deaf community in support during  emergency such as disaster immediately, distributing them to interpreters and sign language club members in the city. (photo 1) 

Both the bandannas were designed in order to be folded half when to use, with the large-printed phrases "I am Deaf," or "Interpreting Available".

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"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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