April 23, 2013
Deaf office worker, Ikegawa Yoko, 41, sued the Takamatsu-shi
authorities for turning down her suburban dispatch application of
sign-language interpreting as unconstitutionality, and asked the city
for disposal cancellation and compensation.
The first oral
pleading of the lawsuit was held in the Takamatsu District Court in
Takamatsu shi on April 22, and the city authorities showed the posture
that they would fight.
Ikegawa applied the city for dispatch of
sign-language interpreting in order that she might attend the briefing
session of the vocational school in Tokyo which her daughter wanted to
enter after graduation from high school in June, 2011, but her
application was dismissed on the grounds that a dispatch place was the
outskirts of a city, etc.
Furthermore, Ikegawa applied for sign
language interpreting dispatch in order to attend her daughter's
entrance ceremony at the vocational school in Tokyo in March, 2012,
which was dismissed similarly.
She appealed and said, "Deaf
persons use sign language, the only way for communication. I don't quite
understand why the city simply rejected my applications for the sign
language interpreting service".
In this trial, the sign language
interpreter stood signing in the gallery. The screen of the summary
note was projected on the wall with the projector there, too.
Court declines sign-language interpreting at public expenditure