|Wording of the basic ordinance proposal about sign language was discussed at the 5th study committee meeting.|
August 8, 2013
The 5th study committee meeting in connection with establishment of the basic ordinance about sign language was held in Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, on August 6.
A total of nine members was present, and discussed wording of the ordinance proposal.
Regarding a phrase stating in the proposal, ""sign language has an original language system," some members pointed out saying, "There are many people who regard sign language as a collection of gestures for Japanese language. So, it will be better to hammer out more clearly such as sign language is a different language from Japanese."
Accordingly, the phrase was changed into expression: "Sign language is a different language from Japanese which is a spoken language."
The study committee members will meet again on August 20, summarize what has been discussed as a proposal document before submitting it to the Ishikari mayor.
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