To order broiled cutlet on skewer in diner in Kyoto, write or sign
July 18, 2017

The diner called "Broiled Cutlet & Bar Maekawa's" was opened in Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi recently. A Deaf person runs it with some deaf assistants.

To make an order, a guest writes a memo at "Maekawa's". Guests enjoy the Osaka taste that the Deaf owner had trained himself.

Maekawa Kenji, 47, runs the business. He manages by himself alone on weekdays, and his three Deaf friends in Kyoto including a former colleague from the previous work join as a part-time job in weekends. 

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Government to support memory keepers of a bombing experience

August 8, 2017

After 72 years passed since an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more survivor of the atomic bombing are getting aged. 

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has decided to support the "memory keeper" who hands down an experience from generation to generation for a survivor of the atomic bombing.

There are 164,621 survivor of the atomic bombing currently as of the end of March, 2017 according to MHLW, It was almost cut by half in 22 years. The average age of the atomic bomb survivor exceeds 81 years old.

In order to promote understanding of the real fact of atomic bombing, domestic and abroad, MHLW will appropriate for the budget next year to cover the cost to train persons in English or sign language who will be dispatched overseas. This is the first time for the Government to put the budget on the memory keeper project

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Person with disabilities mistreated at workplace: Government annual report


An investigation of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare reported that the  number of persons with disabilities abused by their employer and boss at a workplace reached 972 in fiscal year 2016.

A total result of the report is published based on the Person with Disabilities Prevention of Abuse Law. This year was the fifth time.

The number of the businesses which had mistreated employees with disabilities was 581. 13.4 percent of the employees with disabilities was less than 4 percent compared with the previous year (1,123 people). It was highest number, 530 persons with intellectual disabilities for a breakdown.

One of mistreatment of persons with disabilities was the case of the Deaf worker.  In front of his face his boss showed the paper saying "Leave the company." 

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"Dialogue in Sign Language" held in Tokyo

August 7, 2017

The "Dialogue in Sign Language", by which a participant undergoes vicarious experience of the world without sound and words and enjoys communication, is held at Shibuya-ku, Tokyo until August 20. In Japan, it is the first holding.

Participants use the headset from which sound is insulated. They are led by a Deaf guide and carry on a dialogue only through facial expression and body language.

Seven rooms are in a meeting place, such as "Hand Dance", "Facial Gallery," "Shapes and Hands" (photo) and others, which a participant experience differently. 

This kind of event started in Germany in 1998, and more than 1,000,000 people in six countries experienced it.

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Wakayama-shi starts telephone service through Skype

August 5, 2017

Wakayama-shi Office in Wakayama Prefecture has begun sign language telephone service using video call software of the internet "Skype" on August 1 so that a Deaf person can call. It is a part of services related to the Sign Language Regulation which was carried out in April, 2016.

A Deaf person had to go to the city office to call when there was no one who knows sign language nearby, and an interpreter helped him communicate through a telephone. There were 170 cases last year.

A Deaf person can save the time when he goes to the city office now, and can also call from any other place.

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