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.
 (photo: http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/)

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.


Japanese source:
http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/sapporo/484538.html

Related link:
Ishikari-shi to study sign language ordinance as the foundation of town planning friendly to disability
http://deafjapan.blogspot.jp/2013/08/ishikari-shi-to-study-sign-language.html

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