Video conference system begins at city office in Chiba Prefecture

Mayor Yoshitaka Sakuma (left) talks in sign language with Tokita, president of the Ichihara Deaf Society, on computer through the video conference system.

Ichihara City Office in Chiba Prefecture started the operation of the video conference, with which sign language is used on the computer, on July 27 between the south branch office and the city office, first kind in the prefecture.

The Deaf had have to visit the city office where the interpreter is assigned for minor errands. The video conference system in the south branch office near their residences make it possible to do procedures.

According to the City Office, 544 Deaf persons reside in the main area of the city and about 100 persons live in the southern part in the city.

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