|The sign language badge which Toyohashi-shi made. |
Toyohashi-shi, Aichi Prefecture located in the central part of Japan made 700 "sign language badges" so that a Deaf person find someone who can sign at a glance.
According to the city, this attempt might be the first in self-governing bodies within the prefecture.
The Toyohashi-shi Association of the Deaf took charge of a design and manufacture of the badge.
The round-shaped badge with 3.8 cm in diameter has the illustration of "sign language" in Japanese, "Toyohashi" in Roman alphabets and a sign which means "I love you" on its surface.
The Tokai Region Deaf Athletic Meet will be held in the city on June 22, where sign-language interpreting volunteers will use the badge.
The badge is due to be distributed also to the hospital which places those who can sign, a post office, and a supermarket.