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JAPAN: What sign languages are used in Japan?

Updated: Apr 21, 2023




This article can help you answer the following questions:




 

Where is Japan?




 


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Japan?


There are an estimated 4,173,700 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Japan.




This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.



 


What sign languages are used in Japan?


  • 日本手話 or Nihon Shuwa (Japanese Sign Language)




Written / spoken languages in Japan:

  • Ainu

  • Amami-Ōshima

  • Kunigami

  • Miyako

  • Okinawan

  • Yaeyama

  • Yonaguni


 

How do you say Japan in sign language?




 

Where can I learn Japanese Sign Language online?


InterSign University offers online Japanese Sign Language (JSL) courses. Register here:






InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


 

Where is the Deaf village in Japan?





 


What Deaf organizations are located in Japan?




Source: Gallaudet

 

Additional sign language resources for Japan





We will update this section as more information becomes available.

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