Government official mentions first on sign language as a language at press conference

Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio mentions on sign language.
(photo: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/politics/news/110422/stt11042211460002-n5.htm)

April 22, 2011

Chief Cabinet Secretary EDANO Yukio explained about the sign language as follows at the regular press conference.

"There is a bill that revised a part of the Persons with Disabilities Fundamental Law among the bills that the Cabinet Council confirmed today.

We hear some opinions from the parties concerned on promotion of the persons with disabilities measure, too.

As you see the sign language interpreter is standing by me here for the first time to show the legislation of our country respects especially at this time.

It was possible to legally emphasize that the sign language is defined as a language.

We believe it would be a big step forward."

Press conference online (English):
http://nettv.gov-online.go.jp/eng/prg/prg2113.html

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