Ishikari mayor explains the basic ordinance proposal including sign language at regular municipal assembly in Hokkaido

Mayor Taoka Katsusuke explains "the basic ordinance proposal on sign language" with a sign language interpreter (right).

November 30, 2013

The 4th regular Ishikari municipal assembly was opened in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, on November 29. Mayor Taoka Katsusuke (田岡克介) introduced 60 bills, such as "a basic ordinance proposal on sign language", and a current year general account supplementary budget.

Mayor Taoka explained the reason for a proposal of the basic ordinance on sign language, which was interpreted. "While recognizing sign language as a different language from Japanese which is a spoken language, the proposal aims at realization of the community which extends social understanding and makes those who use sign language feel comfortable to live."

According to the municipal assembly secretariat, the assembly had sign language interpreters for the first time in a plenary session.

The mayor also expressed the idea to invite a national convention of the Deaf, such as a sports meet, in the 2015 fiscal year.

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