New Starbucks Store In Japan Has Employed Staff Fluent In Sign Language

Taking coffee is a social activity that brings people together. That’s what Starbucks is there for.
In a bid for inclusivity, a newly opened Starbucks in Japan used staff excellent in using sign language. It is in western Tokyo Metropolis, Kunitachi city.
They are nineteen impaired partners and employees used at the moment.
There are many deaf and mute people in that area and they wanted them to feel included when they came by being served by people they can relate to.
It is not the first Starbucks to do this. There are others that preceded it in the US (Washington D.C), Malaysia and China, who are following the same principles.
In a press release, the CEO of Starbucks Coffee Japan, that the aim is to present endless possibilities to everyone.
They are only serving coffee on the go with the customers getting alerted by the ticket number.
Customers can write their orders, point them out on the menu or use Speech-to-text voice recognition, using their tablet.
The Starbucks Shift Supervisor, Ryotaro Sato said the opening of the store shows the determination of the deaf, mute and hearing impaired partners in Japan to provide a world of career opportunities.
There are other cafes in Tokyo that attend to the deaf and mute.

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