City council adopts letter of opinion on broadcasting election speeches without interpreting

The Maebashi City Council in Gunma Prefecture unanimously adopted the letter of opinion that states it is irrational not to approve broadcasting of the speeches by the political candidates without interpreting and that requests for improvement. The gubernatorial election and the House of Councilors election in the prefecture were conducted in July, 2010.

Up to now, about 6000 Deaf persons in the prefecture had been forced into the situation that they were not able to understood the political speeches in both elections broadcast according to the Gunma Prefecture Federation of the Deaf. They have also appealed, "There is no reasonable reason for not providing interpreting".

It is said that the approval of the letter of opinion is the first in the prefecture according to the council. It will be shortly submitted to Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other politicians concerned.

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