Building A Better Asia: Deaf Dialogue

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Ichiro Miyamoto (Japan)

December 21st, 2009

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Ichiro Miyamoto was born in April, 1959 in Nagasaki, Japan as the youngest child in a family with deaf siblings.  He attended the Nagasaki School for the Deaf and the Deaf School Affiliated to Tsukuba University, and then went on to higher studies.  He received a B.A. in Electrical Engineering.

After graduating from the University, Miyamoto entered OKI Electric Industry Co. in 1985 and has been working as a researcher since then.

Miyamoto started wording as a deaf sign language interpreter for International Sign from about 1995. It was about the year 2000 that he started to take part in the Deaf Advocacy Movement. In 2006, his paper “Evaluation of readability of Signed Video with Subtitles by subtitle representation methods” was published by The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE).

He has been active both in Japan and overseas. He was appointed to be the Director of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Regional Secretariat for Asia/Pacific (RSA/P) from 2007.   Since then, he has been endeavoring to strengthen networking and collaboration among the Deaf Association in the A/P Region.  He especially focuses attention on the need to promote social participation of deaf women in the developing countries.

Miyamoto is currently the Director of WFD RSA/P, a Board Member of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf, and the President of the Tokyo Federation of the Deaf.

His hobby is photography, especially taking photographs of ocean scenery.

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