Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

Film Apr 22, 2015

Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

by Kaori Shoji

Yana Novikova is a 21-year-old Ukranian actress who was born deaf. She is one of the leads in "The Tribe," a near-silent film starring a cast of deaf actors who communicate only through sign and body language. There are no subtitles. Helping her communicate during ...

Deaf-mute wins one for sign language

National 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 association ...

Tottori champions sign language

National 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 ...