Matsusaka municipal assembly approves a sign language ordinance

The lawmakers celebrate sign language basic ordinance establishment by sign language with members of the Prefecture Association of the Deaf in the gallery (back) at the Matsusaka municipal assembly hall.

March 24, 2014

The Matsusaka-shi assembly in Mie Prefecture located in western Japan approved the "sign language ordinance which connects the heart by the hand and a hand" on March 24 that accepts sign language to be language and aims at developing the environment where a Deaf person lives easily.

Matsusaka-shi is the 4th local government body across Japan following Tottori Prefecture, Ishikari-shi and Shintoku-cho in Hokkaido that approved the sign language ordinance.

According to Matsusaka-shi's ordinance which will be enforced on April 1, the city should arrange the post for a sign language promotion manager  in the welfare office and employ a Deaf person as a person in charge.

Fukagawa Seiko (深川誠子), 44, president of the Mie Prefecture Association of the Deaf, said happily, "We will tackle to open sign language classes and build environment that sign language is available everywhere."

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