Shinji Hirai, the Tottori Prefectural Governor in the western part of Japan, proposed to sum up the cost of the sign language circles to the budget draft in the coming year, with the idea of advancing the measure to increase the number of those who sign.
It was what he replied to the assembly member's general question at the prefecture assembly on December 3.
The police offices, the fire departments, and the public transportation facilities have originally taken measures to promote the social participation of the Deaf.
Governor Hirai explained, "It is necessary to adjust each measures. We will check them by the site principle, and relate to the policy as the prefecture playing a center role".
On the day, the question from the assembly member was interpreted for the observers. Also Governor Hirai introduced himself in sign language before he answered.
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