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April 02, 2003

Tokyo's First Blind English Teacher

26-year old Masako Kishida has been appointed to Tokyo Metropolitan Bunkyo School for the Blind, becoming the first blind English teacher at a public school in the capital. Blind since shortly after birth, Kishida's career goal was inspired by an English teacher in her secondary school, and she has been trying to follow in those footsteps since she graduated from Tsukuba University. A year spent studying English and education for the visually impaired in the US helped her pass the metropolitan government exam for teachers at the third attempt. (photo: Yomiuri Shimbun)

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