May 9, 2011
The study committee of the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Fire and Disaster Management Agency completed the report that points the immediate installation of the strobe-type fire alarm to warn the Deaf passengers in the building such as the stations and hotels which a lot of people visit around, beside the sound or audio fire-alarm device.
The agency plans to review the applicable laws and regulations in the future to meet the increasing needs of the Deaf/hard of hearing community.
There are now about six million people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and deafened including the elder according to the report.
The agency has set up the study committee to discuss the public emergency alarm with representatives of the industry groups and Deaf/hard of hearing groups in 2010. They have continued the discussion on the effectiveness, etc. of the alarm unit by using light, the vibration, the stench, and character representation, etc.