In order to improve the society in which a Deaf person lives easily, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido in Japan's northern island is advancing preparation towards establishment of the "sign language basic ordinance" (tentative name).
The mayor office will decide upon the ordinance proposal this autumn and aim at the presentation to the regular municipal assembly in December.
The ordinance aims to position sign language as a "language" equal with Japanese, and to urge a social understanding of sign language.
Ishikari-shi has continued the measure of enforcement of a sign language class, arrangement of a sign language interpreter, etc. since 20 years ago.
The investigative commission towards the ordinance establishment was also set up with the Deaf association and experts.
The trend which aims at social participation expansion of persons with disabilities including Deaf persons at large is progressing in various places in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido enforced the "Hokkaido Disability Ordinance" in 2010, which declares the disabled person's right protection, was the second in whole country after Chiba Prefecture.