First anniversary of Tottori Prefecture's Sign Language Ordinance enforced

The self governing body persons concerned
report on the effect of the sign language
regulation establishment.
(photo: http://www.nnn.co.jp/)
November 23, 2014

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.


Japanese source:
http://www.nnn.co.jp/news/141123/20141123008.html

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