|The self governing body persons concerned |
report on the effect of the sign language
Tottori Prefecture in western Japan commemorated the first anniversary of its Sign Language Ordinance establishment by hosting a symposium in Tottori-shi on November 22.
Heads, five out of the six self-government bodies across Japan that established a similar regulation about sign language attended for the first time. They said that understanding of Deaf persons and sign language was promoted, but they also shared a problem on insufficient interpreters.
In addition to the prefectures, the persons concerned from Ishikari-shi, and Shintoku-cho (Hokkaido), Matsusaka-shi (Mie Prefecture), and Ureshino-cho (Saga Prefecture) attended, too.
Shintoku-cho explained the effect indicated, "The recognition of sign language as language spread through the ordinance which states it expressly".
Ishikari-shi pointed out, "More people get amused by the sign language, and understand what troubles a Deaf person through a workshop."
Ureshino-shi that has spread sign language among its personnel explained, "The city has arranged environment for our city clerk in order to deal with a Deaf person at the desk."
Matsusaka-shi mayor made a speech in sign language which he learned, saying, "The city has hired a Deaf person, as well as we are advancing the spread of sign language in the local community and enterprises. The ordinance is not the end, but a start. We will spread sign language more."
On the other hand, "scream" was heard among the audience: "The more we work on spread of sign language, the less interpreters and lecturers." The Japanese Federation of the Deaf appealed cooperation for sign language ordinance establishment.