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Japanese Sign Language

A language of Japan

ISO 639-3jsl

Population  317,000 (VanCleve 1986).
Alternate names   Shuwa, Temane
Dialects  Related to Taiwanese and Korean sign languages.
Classification  Deaf sign language
Language use  Over 95% of the Deaf understand Japanese Sign Language. 107 deaf schools. The first school in Kyoto in 1878.
Language development  TV.
Comments  ‘Temane’ is the former name. Pidgin Signed Japanese is used often in formal situations, lectures, speeches. 80% of the Deaf understand finger spelling.