Sign-language-interpreting lawsuit: Talk for reconciliation to start in Kagawa

April 21, 2014

Deaf office worker, Ikegawa Yoko (池川洋子), 42, a resident of Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa Prefecture asked for rejection disposal cancellation and the reparations (consolation money) of the sign-language interpreting dispatch with the reason for infringing Article 21 of the constitution, etc. that guarantees the right to know, against the Takamatsu-shi Office in the prefecture. The office did not accept her request for sign-language interpreting dispatch to the outskirts of the city. 

Oral pleading of the lawsuit was performed in the Takamatsu District Court on April 21. As Takamatsu-shi Office reformed the outline about sign-language interpreting dispatch, expanding the dispatch zone this month. So Presiding Judge suggested the both sides to talk for reconciliation.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has sent out the notice which accepts the dispatch to the outskirts of a city, and it has been expanded the dispatch zone in the prefecture from this month. With the mayor's approval the interpreter can be dispatched outside of the prefecture.

The complainant comments, "If they apply the dispatch measures sincerely, I would like to accept reconciliation."

Japanese sources:
Related link:
Takamatsu City shows the posture for fight against Deaf woman on sign language interpreter dispatch

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