National Dec 5, 2014

Advocate urges U.N. to tap disabled when prepping for disasters

Akiko Fukuda, secretary-general of the World Federation of the Deafblind, pressed the international community at the United Nations this week to include the perspectives of the disabled when devising disaster-preparedness plans. "Up to this point people with disabilities are the target of programs but from ...

Silence is golden for volleyballer after 3/11

National May 29, 2014

Silence is golden for volleyballer after 3/11

by Masahito Ono

Namiko Yanagawa, who lost her hearing at age 1, led the women's national volleyball team for the deaf and hard-of-hearing until last year, and is well-versed in the challenges the sport poses to those with hearing difficulties. "Since players are not capable of talking to ...

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

National Mar 7, 2014

'Deaf' composer Samuragochi says he's sorry for deceiving

by Mizuho Aoki

A month after the shocking revelation by his ghostwriter, the supposedly "deaf" composer Mamoru Samuragochi apologized Friday for deceiving people with his lies. However, the 50-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture flatly denied composer Takashi Niigaki's claim that he is not deaf, saying he is preparing to ...

Deaf bartender raises game to thrive in Ginza

National 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 people ...

Filmmaker captures the 3/11 stress of Tohoku's deaf

Film Mar 10, 2013

Filmmaker captures the 3/11 stress of Tohoku's deaf

by Tomoko Otake

Nobuko Kikuchi, a 72-year-old resident of Iwanuma, Miyagi Prefecture, couldn't hear the emergency sirens that followed the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck on March 11, 2011. Nor could she hear the public announcement urging people to evacuate to higher ground as a massive tsunami approached the ...