Tag - visually-impaired



An audio work by Saga University's Art Works to Listen and Imagine project is available on the internet.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Apr 8, 2024
Experiencing art exhibitions through listening
Events and exhibitions are being held to encourage visitors to appreciate artworks with their ears and imagination.
Roberta Wilson-Garrett, who has Parkinson's disease, poses with her GyroGlove, made by GyroGear, which uses a gyroscope to help stabilize tremors before this week's Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 8 in Las Vegas.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 12, 2024
High tech glove stymies Parkinson's disease tremors
GyroGear has built the world's most advanced hand stabilizer, with strategic partners that include Taiwanese technology group Foxconn, according to founder Dr. Faii Ong.
"Changes in environment surrounding schoolchildren, such as increases in the amount of time spent using smartphones at home, can be considered as a cause" of poor eyesight, an official of the education ministry said.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 28, 2023
Record number of Japanese children have poor eyesight, survey says
The proportion of elementary, junior high and high school students with less-than-normal visual acuity have reached record highs.
American disability rights activist Helen Keller paid a visit to Japan 75 years ago this month.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Oct 2, 2023
Japan Times 1948: Helen Keller recounts impression of Japan tour
Kanto residents continued to come to terms with the violence following the previous month's earthquake, and Helen Keller pays a visit to Japan.
Ryo Onishi’s debut feature “Feelingscape” tells a slice-of-life story about a blind man struggling to connect to others while affirming his agency.
Sep 16, 2023
‘Feelingscape’: Ordinary lives made poignant
Ryo Onishi’s debut feature about a man living with a visual disability and his relationships goes into close detail that is both rare and revealing.
The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, where the AI Suitcase was introduced, in Anaheim, California, in March
Jul 30, 2023
AI luggage for people with visual impairments nets rave reviews
The groundbreaking assistive technology recently underwent its first overseas public trial, garnering significant interest and sparking discussions about its future practical applications.
Japan Times
May 1, 2023
Astellas to buy Iveric Bio for $5.9 billion to expand eyesight treatments
The deal marks the fifth major overseas acquisition by Astellas, Japan's third biggest drugmaker by sales, since 2019.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 9, 2023
Whale sharks see in dark due to mutation behind blindness in humans
Triggered by the colder temperatures of deep water, the mutation activates visual pigments that sense blue light, the only color that reaches such depths.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 14, 2023
JR East says employee repeatedly sexually harassed visually impaired female passenger
The staff member repeatedly made comments deemed to be sexual harassment over a period of three months, the railway operator said.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2022
Booked, cooked and shook: My experience getting LASIK in Japan
Writer Kat Joplin provides a first-hand account of getting LASIK at a medical center in Japan, and reveals whether it was worth it in the end.
Jul 27, 2021
Visually impaired man dragged 2 meters along platform by Keikyu train
The emergency brake was applied after the man in his 60s — who's hand was trapped in the train door — fell on the platform, hitting his head and lower back.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2021
Japan to conduct first major survey on myopia among schoolchildren
The government plans to assess 9,000 students after over half of junior high school students were found to have issues with visual acuity in fiscal 2019.
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2020
'The bond between a blind person and her guide dog is hard to compare to any other relationship'
In the pursuit of a truly inclusive society, Uyanga Erdenebold makes the case for attitudinal accessibility in addition to the physical kind.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2020
Japanese unit of IBM among group to test AI suitcase for guiding blind
A group of five companies including the Japanese unit of IBM Corp. are currently developing an artificial intelligence suitcase to help visually impaired people travel independently. A pilot test of a prototype was conducted at an airport in Japan on Monday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 16, 2020
Kobe hospital conducts world-first transplant of iPS photoreceptor cells
There are some 30,000 sufferers of pigmentary retinal degeneration in Japan and no known treatment, but Kobe City Eye Hospital is working to change that.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 22, 2020
Yellow brick roads: How Japan's tactile paving aids solo travel
Revolutionary tiles may have given the visually impaired more independence, but developers aren't content to rest on their laurels just yet.
Japan Times
Feb 27, 2020
One day he was teaching English in Japan, and the next day, he was blind
'If you start to feel disoriented, you're getting it,' is how one writer describes the process of losing his sight at the age of 29. And after the disorientation comes the process of rebuilding a life in a foreign country.
Japan Times
Feb 7, 2020
Firms including IBM Japan to develop AI 'guide suitcase' for the blind
A consortium of five companies including IBM Japan Ltd. said Thursday that they will develop a navigation suitcase equipped with artificial intelligence to help guide people with visual impairments.
Japan Times
Jan 20, 2020
Blind tours at Saitama temple teach about lifestyles of visually impaired
Every month, a unique event is held at a temple in Saitama Prefecture to help people get a better understanding of visual impairment by having them walk through the temple wearing eye masks and depend more on their senses of hearing and smell.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 20, 2019
In the age of smartphones, Japanese schoolchildren's eyesight is worst on record, health ministry finds
From elementary to high school, children in Japan are breaking records for bad eyesight, an education ministry health survey showed Friday.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores