Deaf man reduces "invisible wall" - "I don't escape from hearing difficulties"

Nakama (second from left)
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May 22, 2017

Nakama Masahito, 39, who takes charge of decision processing on campus and managing of a document and an official seal at Okinawa Science Technology University Graduate School is Deaf since birth. 

While at all workplaces, an office work contact often depends on an e-mail, what Nakama tries to do is to meet and tell the person concerned directly.

In the communication, if there is something like a "wall" even a little, Nakama doesn't escape from there, but stands with the concerned person. 

Nakama went to the Prefecture Okinawa School for the Deaf which was in Naha-shi in 1980 's. He learned how to speak at school. He says, "The lip reading that I learned at school is the biggest treasure for me." 

Nakama attended a hearing school from an elementary school through the high school, and entered Tsukuba Technology College, majoring in architectural engineering. After graduating, he worked in the field of architecture design at a building company in Tokyo, Nagano and Fukuoka and others, returning to Okinawa in 2007.

Nakama was hired by Okinawa Science Technology University in 2010. He has been trusted by a staff with disabilities, whom he hears their worries and giving advise.

Nakama also tries to make the people around him understand himself through interchanging, such as using time of the lunch break, he teaches sign language to a colleague. (photo)

Nakama commented,  "I would like to do positively to make the society where people, regardless of disabilities, are able to work together."



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