|Morikawa Masami (cencter) san chats with sign language circle members.|
March 9, 2013
Morikawa Masami san, 39, who lives in Mihara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, registered as one of the sign language interpreters certified by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
She challenged the certifying examination for the first time in October last year, and passed at once.
The ratio of successful applicants of the examination which is conducted every year since 1989 is between 10 - 30%, and it is known as difficult in general.
According to the Information and Culture Center located in Tokyo which examines, the ratio of successful applicants was 11.1% this time.
About 3,000 sign language interpreters registered with the center all over the country, and Hiroshima Prefecture has 63 certified interpreters. In the city where Morikawa san lives, the certified sign language interpreter was absent for about ten years.
Morikawa san began learning sign language ten years ago. Although she was working as a home helper since three years ago, she thought that sign language could be used for communication with the elderly people who became hearing loss, and studied towards qualification acquisition from January, last year.
Morikawa san said, "It is hard to believe that I would pass the examinaton at once. I am willing to spread sign language in the area."