First city and town enforce sign language ordinance in Japan

The personnel greet using sign language at the morning gathering in the health-and-welfare division in the Shintoku-cho Office in Hokkaido.

April 1, 2014

Ishikari-shi and Shintoku-cho in Hokkaido located in Japan's northern island enforced the "basic ordinance about sign language" on April 1, respectively. Their ordinance accepts sign language as language and aims at the community in which a deaf person lives easily.

Tottori Prefecture already enforced the same ordinance in October, last year. Even Matsusaka-shi in Mie Prefecture enforced the similar ordinance on April 1.  These cities and town together are the first among the cities, towns and villages across Japan.

Ishikari-shi will begin a "video relay interpreting service model project" in the city government office in June based on the ordinance.

On the other hand, in Shintoku-cho, the personnel greeted in sign language on April 1 at the morning gathering and the last meeting after work in the health-and-welfare division responsible for welfare of persons with disabilities. The sign language class for the town people will be opened in the near future.

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