Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, will start to send the sign language interpreters to Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake, on April 5. The interpreter will help the Deaf victim in application procedure to move in the temporary shelter, etc.
Upon on the request of Tagajo City and with cooperation from municipalities in Hokkaido and the Hokkaido Federation of the Deaf located in Sapporo, a sign language interpreter will be sent for one week alternatively until the end of May, .
The interpreter will help the Deaf victim to do something important at the Tagajo City Hall, and go round the refuge to find out what the Deaf need. The dispatch to the stricken area outside the prefecture is first since the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995.
Part-time staff NAKAMURA Hideko (58), a skilled interpreter of about 30 years, will work on April 5-11. She was sent to the refuge in the Date City in Hokkaido in 2000 immediately after the eruption of Mount Usu. She speaks, "I would like to convey the victim's uneasiness and demand carefully with my heart for assistance".