Tottori Prefecture explains a draft sign language ordinance

July 25, 2013

Tottori Prefecture in western Japan which aims at establishment of "the sign language ordinance (tentative name)" which will possibly become the first in the whole country clarified the draft of the ordinance at the prefecture study group at the prefecture office on July 24.

The draft declares that sign language is recognized as language. While clarifying the duty of the prefecture, the people of the prefecture, the Deaf person, etc., it specifies the measure proposal about the environmental maintenance for the use of sign language, the spread of sign language, etc.

The prefecture asks for the public opinion about the draft, gets an ordinance proposal into shape in the forthcoming study group meeting to be held in August, and will submit it in the prefecture assembly in September.

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