Tokyo cafe dishes out a lesson in hiring bias

OCT 1, 2017

At a cafe near the University of Tokyo, Deaf staffs are communicating with customers through writing and sign language --- and their work is being welcomed and appreciated by a steady stream of customers.

Masahiro Yanagi, the 44-year-old owner, who himself is Deaf, has managed the cafe in Tokyo since December 2011. 

The cafe now serves as an oasis for university students and regular customers.

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Tokyo Cafe Interacts with Customers Using Writing, Sign Language

Sept. 20, 2017

At the soup cafe, Sign with Me, near the University of Tokyo in Bunkyo Ward, the Deaf staff communicates with customers through writing and sign language. 

Over 100 messages left by customers on the whiteboard on the wall of the cafe.

The cafe serves as an oasis for university students and regular customers.

Masahiro Yanagi, the 44-year-old owner, who is Deaf, opened the cafe in December 2011.

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Japanese team wins 27 medals at Deaflympics, especially commended

August 30, 2017

The Japanese Para-Sports Association commended the Japanese team  especially and presented a supplementary prize of 5,000,000 yen in Tokyo on August 30.

The national team got 27 medals at the Turkey Deaflyimpics in July, the largest number ever in history; 6 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze.

The supplementary prize will be assigned to a bonus to the players and sports groups who got medals.

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Glasses of subtitles Deaf person enjoy movie to be introduced in Osaka
August 25, 2017

In order for Deaf persons to enjoy Japanese movies, a national movie managers organization will introduce the glasses type equipment which shows subtitles on a screen for the first time at four movie theaters including Tokyo and Osaka in September. (photo)

Major movie distributors will also cooperates the move and increase the films which correspond to this system.

The free application "UDCast" which can show subtitles to an information terminal by a showing of a work and sync has been developed.

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Princess Mako attends National High School Sign Language Speech Contest in Tokyo
August 26, 2017

The 34th National High School Sign Language Speech Contest was opened in Tokyo on August 26.

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya, was present at the contest, giving a speech in sign language; "I hope that understanding to the sign language which is an important language deepens further". (photo)

She also spoke about the achievements the Japanese team accomplished at the Deaflympics held in Turkey in July; "The team showed me how wonderful it is to challenge the dream."

Ten high school students chosen from across Japan participated in the contest, and Hasegawa Kanna from Hokkaido was chosen as the best.

Hasegawa explained the reason for using cochlear implant was that her mother "wanted her to hear mother's voice".  She introduced that she knew it before the contest, and concluded her speech; "As a member of the Deaf world, I have made up my mind to try myself to contribute to the Deaf movement." 

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