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.
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.

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