Interpreting was provided for Deaf persons during a general question session at the first regular plenary meeting of the Hayama Town Council in Kanagawa Prefecture, a neighboring area of Tokyo, on March 24, 2009. Such interpreting in the assembly hall was first according to this town council secretariat.
An assembly member asked questions taking up one of the Town's political measures, titled "the promotion of the social participation of the persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing", which was interpreted simultaneously in the assembly hall.
A Deaf resident visited the welfare office in the Town Hall and requested the hearing during the question session. The chairperson of the council accepted it. Then interpreting was offered in the assembly hall.
The welfare officials said that when the first regular plenary meeting was held in February last year, the interpreting was done in the observation area, but it was pointed out that it was so far from the the assembly hall that the Deaf viewers had a difficult time to see how the session was carried out.
The Hayama Town Hall has responded to the Deaf community such as by arranging the interpreter twice a month at the reception on the first floor of the Town Hall, etc.
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