Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido approves a sign language ordinance proposal - the first in the municipal level in Japan

The persons concerned gathered for a  commemorative photography after ordinance establishment at the assembly hall.

December 16, 2013

The Ishikari-shi Assembly located in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, approved the "Basic Ordinance about Sign Language in Ishikari-shi" (石狩市手話に関する基本条例) on December 16. The ordinance defines a city duty to promote an understanding to sign language and develop environment for the citizens to use sign language at ease. 

Although the similar ordinance has been enacted in Tottori Prefecture in October for the first time in Japan, Ishikari-shi is the first in cities, towns and villages across Japan.

The city ordinance will be enforced in April 1, next year.

From now on, the short course for the children, the study session to the city personnel, etc. are examined for sign language spread.

The idea of a sign language ordinance had been expressed by Mayor Taoka Katsusuke (田岡克介) in September, 2012. The city administration has installed the investigative commission and advanced preparation.

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