Movement advanced to secure use of sign language by law

Japanese Federation of the Deaf held an event aiming at realization of a law on sign language in Tokyo on March 14. The person in charge of Tottori Prefecture explained the outline and effect of the sign language ordinance. (photo:

July 8, 2014

The first sign language ordinance in Japan that Tottori Prefecture enacted in October, 2013 is influencing various places. Four cities and towns (Ishikari-shi, and Shintoku-cho in Hokkaido, Matsusaka-shi in Mie, and Ureshino-shi in Saga) across the country already enacted the ordinance until now.

Tottori Prefecture has welcomed self-governing bodies all over the country a few times per month for observation. The assembly staffs of six prefectures and two cities from other places visit the prefecture assembly also.

The Japanese Federation of the Deaf based in Tokyo emphasizes, "It is the proof that the ordinance was able to be enacted in Tottori Prefecture, a prefecture with the least population in Japan, that it is possible for every prefecture to do the same."

On the other hand, although the organization of the Deaf has asked to enact a "sign language law" also on a country level, a concrete examination is not progressing.

Tottori Governor Hirai Shinji intends to show a law on sign language at the Government's request on July 9. It is pointed out that it is necessary to secure the use and spread of sign language by law.

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