Major life insurer to get credit of manners in customer special quality

President (front) spoke, "While being on a wheelchair, 
I understood how a person with disabilities feel". 
May 19, 2017

To practice of behavior in an effort to meet the needs of a client with disabilities,  about 7,200 executives and regular employees including the president of Daido Life Insurance aim to acquire the "universal official approval third class of manners" which Japanese Universal Manners Society sponsors.

According to the society, attendance by the staff will be the largest. The seminar will be held seven times until February, 2018. 

The first lecture was held at the Tokyo headquarters on May 1 through a video conference system from Osaka headquarters and branch offices across Japan with 1,800 persons.

The persons who have acquired the third class are 26,000 so far according to the Society, and the number of enterprises and organizations has reached 400.

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First official Deaflympics support theme song completed
May 19, 2017

The Deaflympics will be held on July 18-30, 2017 in Samsung, Turkey.

The first Deaflympic support theme song, "HERO", which was officially recognized by Japanese Federation of the Deaf, was shown on May 19 through a music video trailer animation.

The song is performed by a dancing group "HANDSIGN" and others who express lyrics by sign language.


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Slow spread of mobile emergency reporting system for persons with disabilities introduced in Akita
May 17, 2017

Akita-shi is using "Web 119 Emergency Reporting System" for a person with disability including Deaf persons (photo), the only city in Akita Prefecture located in northern part of Japan.

The Fire-Defence Agency has suggested introduction of "Web 119 emergency reporting system" to a fire fighting head office in the whole country, which was introduced in Akita at the time of its system renewal in April, 2016.

Registrants for one year are 28. The registration number is stagnating because 
it appears difficult for the person unused with the Internet. There are some ideas on how to improve the mobile system such like pushing one button to call for emergency report. 

Fire-Defence Agency officials say that about 20 percent which introduced the mobile emergency system at a fire fighting head office across Japan. It can be inconvenient for a Deaf person who goes out for travel or work outside the area of the fire fighting head office, unable to use the mobile emergency system. 

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Deaf university pitcher pitches well by first pitch of league series in spring

Hironaka (right) and Fukumori
May 15, 2017

There was a second game with two games, and a right-hand pitcher Hironaka Soma, senior of Osaka Sangyo University, achieved the first pitch of spring league series. He pitched hard twice without losing point, contributing to get a point.  

He started playing baseball when he was a third grader of elementary school, although his parents and a director of the team he belonged to at first. Because he loves baseball, he has never given up in the difficult situation.

Hironaka communicates with his teammates and friends through sign language, fingerspelling and gestures. The one who also supports Hironaka with lectures at the university as well as baseball is Fukumori, one of the teammates.

While there are nearly 180 teammates, Hironkaka has pitched in league series since he was a freshman in autumn, and pitches up to now ten games. Head coach Miyazaki Masashi has trusted him, too.

Hironaka says, "The strength of the heart is my advantage. Despite my deafness, I'd like to show that I can play baseball well." His dream is to become a professional baseball player".

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Notice: National high school sign language performance contest to be held in October

May 15, 2017  

The Fourth National High School Sign Language Performance Contest" will be held in Tottori-shi located in western Japan on October 1

Teams of high school students will compete for the performance using sign language in dance or drama.  

An application will be accepted after May 15.