July 4, 2011
The Shiga Prefecture Chapter of the Japanese Association of Sign Language Interpreters as its 11th chapter was established on July 3, and the commemorative ceremony was held at Kusatsu City.
About 80 people including chapter members and parties concerned from the Deaf organizations attended.
In the prefecture 34 interpreters have been recognized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and out of them 33 interpreters became a Chapter member.
Many of them had said they needed an opportunity to study more professionally in the field such as an election campaign, to discuss interpreting issues, etc. To meet their needs, the preparation for establishment had been advanced since September, 2010.