Masuda-shi first hires a certified sign language interpreter in Shimane Prefecture

Tane Ayuko receives a written appointment from Mayor Yamamoto (right)
(photo: http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/)

April 2, 2013

Masuda-shi, Shimane Prefecture in western Japan made a sign language interpreter the full-time employee for the first time in the prefecture on April 1.

The city established the post for the certified sign language interpreter in the employment examination in January, 2013.

Tane Ayuko, 32, a Masuda resident, who passed the examination received the written appointment from Mayor Yamamoto Hiroaki in the city office on April 1.

Tane began to learn sign language in a circle in the city when she was 20 years old. She has employed sign language in work in a mobile phone store efficiently. She has passed the national qualification examination for sign language interpreters in 2010.

She is assigned to the life welfare division which takes charge of a disability measure, and plays the role to reflect opinions or requests from the Deaf community in the city administration.


Japanese source:
http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201304020073.html

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