Special Education of Japan

A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Education for the Handicapped in Japan :

Hands Shielding ChildrenIssued by Japan

Issued on Feb 16, 1979

Issued for : To commemorate the centenary of special education, the national assembly for the special education development of Japan was held in Tokyo on February 16th 1979, and on its occasion a special postage stamp was issued. Now in Japan, about 200,000 children and pupils are going to school for blinds, deaf-mute and infirms.

Design : Loving hands and children

Designer : Mr. Takao Amano

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 50 Yen

Perforation : 13

Printing Process : Photogravure

About : 

  • 50 yen postage stamp commemorating the centenary of the education for the handicapped will be issued on the 16th February, 1979.
  • The education for the handicapped in Japan began with the Moain (the Blind and Dum School) in Kyoto which was founded in 1878. The rules concerned with the blind and dum schools on the primary school level were established in 1890, which clarified their position in the school system. “The Blind Schools and the Deaf and Dum Schools Ordinances” enacted in 1923 enforced the prefectures to provide blind schools as well as deaf and dum schools in the obligatory capacity.
  • In 1947, “The School Education Law” was enforced, and the furtherance of the education for the handicapped has been emphasized. At present when the education for the handicapped celebrates its centenary, there are approximately 200,000 students studying in the primary, middle and high school standards in the blind schools, the deaf schools and the schools for physically handicapped or mentally retarded children, and in the special classes for the physically and mentally handicapped in the primary schools and the middle schools.
  • Also the National Meeting to Promote the Education for the Handicapped commemorating its centenary is going to be held in the Toranomon Hall of Tokyo.

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