Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

Dec 19, 2013

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

by Masatoshi Chino

Daigo Ishibashi, 40, got a lump in his throat when the Tottori Prefectural Assembly passed a groundbreaking sign language promotion ordinance in early October, the first of its kind in Japan. “I felt proud. It was a historic day,” Ishibashi, secretary-general of the Tottori ...

Tottori champions sign language

Oct 8, 2013

Tottori champions sign language

The Tottori Prefectural Assembly adopted an ordinance Tuesday recognizing sign language and requiring the prefectural and municipal governments to develop environments to promote its use. It is the first ordinance in Japan to officially recognize sign language, according to the local government. Stipulating that ...

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

Jun 19, 2013

Sign-language service via iPads tested by JR East

East Japan Railway Co. began testing a sign-language interpretation service in Tokyo on Monday using a videophone application on an Apple iPad tablet for the hearing-impaired. The application allows passengers at information booths to use sign language and ask questions to a call-center operator ...

Deaf bartender raises game to thrive in Ginza

Jun 13, 2013

Deaf bartender raises game to thrive in Ginza

Dai Igarashi is a bartender in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza entertainment district, attending to customers like any barkeep but with one difference — he is totally deaf. As the manager of Bell Sign, which caters to hearing-impaired people, Igarashi communicates in sign language. But since ...

Online signing making life easier

May 28, 2013

Online signing making life easier

by Asako Takaguchi

An Internet-based sign language service launched by a university student a few years ago is finding its way into hotels, restaurants and other public places. The service works by allowing a hearing-impaired person at, say, a shoe store, to “speak” to an interpreter via ...