May 23, 2017
The "Village of Smiles", a house with a service for the Deaf senior citizens aged over 60 opened in Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, on April 1. (photo)
Sapporo Association of the Deaf achieved an earnest wish in 40 years: a living place without worrying about being Deaf you can enjoy living. It is assumed to be the first housing with a service for the elder Deaf across Japan.
The "Village of Smiles" has three floors: the second and third floors are used as a resident room. At most 24 people live in 20 rooms including double rooms. A single room will be charged 100,000~120,000 yen a month including rent, board and others.
A small-scale multi-functional type home nursing business managed by the Association is on the first floor. So far 14 people moved in 12 rooms by April 26.