Tottori Prefecture to establish "sign language ordinance"


Tottori Prefecture located in western Japan will launch the study group of the experts on April 22, who examine the contents of the ordinance towards establishment of "a sign language ordinance" (tentative name).

This ordinance regards sign language as a language indispensable for communication, aiming to improving the environment so that a Deaf person lives without any barriers.

The governor intends to propose to the prefecture assembly during the current fiscal year. If enacted, it will be the first time for a self-governing body all over the country.

In the report entitled "The Future Vision" that the prefecture has summarized in 2008, sign language is mentioned clearly that it forms "one culture as a language."

The Prefecture also has introduced a measure of relaying the plenary session of the prefecture assembly with sign-language interpreting.

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