Starbucks Is Opening Its First Sign Language Store In Japan


Japan is gettings its first Starbucks “signing store.” The new coffee shop will open in Tokyo with 25 staff members, 19 of whom are deaf and hard of hearing.

This will be Starbucks’ fifth signing store globally. The other four are located in Malaysia, China and the U.S. The move aims to expand career opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing employees and make the store more accessible, according to a press release.

“Starbucks has been hiring deaf and hard of hearing partners (employees) since we entered Japan in 1996 and these partners have made incredible impacts in their communities,” said Takafumi Minaguchi, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Japan.

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