|A person (left) interprets the contents |
of an election broadcast program.
Akita-shi, Akita Prefecture:
A national election of the House of Representatives is planning to take place on December 14.
Akita Prefecture Association of the Deaf located in the prefecture, northeastern Japan held a meeting to see an election broadcast program with interpreting in Akita-shi on December 10 beforehand.
There are a lot of political parties that only captions on their broadcast. Association officials pointed out, "Even if there are subtitles, it is difficult for Deaf people to understand what a candidate says. We have wanted each political party to put sign language on the election broadcast."
There are 4,312 Deaf persons in the prefecture as of the end of March, 2014, and about 30 out of them attended the event. They gazed at the election broadcast on which candidates make a campaign speech along with interpreting.