Ishikari's study committee discusses the draft sign language ordinance in Hokkaido

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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