Speech by parliament candidates interpreted for Deaf community in Fukuoka Prefecture

While the woman sees the TV monitor (center) which broadcasts a Fukuoka electoral district candidate's speech for the House of Councilors election, and interprets it at the same time, it is recorded by the video camera (left) in a multipurpose studio of the Fukuoka Prefecture Association of the Deaf.
(photo: http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nnp/item/182562)

This is a project that has been carried out for over ten years. "No mistake; Be comprehensible." To do this, the interpreter concentrates all nerves.

Interpreting and video recording of seven candidates who are running for the Fukuoka electoral district took two days. The recorded video will be screened for the Deaf community in communal facilities in 20 places in the prefecture on July 6-10.

The regulations of the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications has banned a political speech by only one candidate to be interpreted.

The secretary-general of the Prefecture Association says, "If the speech of the political runner were interpreted or captioned, we Deaf people would see on the TV at home."

"The Deaf community desires to know what each candidate stands for through the speech, so it is necessary to provide information before voting."

The National election is scheduled for July 11.

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