|Nakahama Hiroshi, the first certified sign language interpreter in Amami Islands. |
March 11, 2014
In February, 2014, Nakahama Hiroshi (中浜博), 40, who works as a sign language interpreter in the Amami-shi welfare policy division became a certified sign language interpreter for the first time in Amami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture in western Japan.
A certified "sign language interpreter" is the official one defined with the ministerial ordinance of the Law for the Welfare of People with Physical Disabilities. In the sign-language interpreting of a trial or broadcast of political views, only certificated sign language interpreters are required.
If any sign interpreters pass the sign-language interpreting skill certifying examination which is carried out every year, they register with a social welfare corporation, The Information and Cultural Center for the Deaf, located in Tokyo, and becomes "certified sign language interpreters."
Although there are 18 sign language interpreters in Amami-shi now, only several interpreters are available. Therefore, the communication through note-taking is carried out in many cases. Besides, the needs in the medical scene are also increasing especially.