January 7, 2015
It was announced that four assembly groups of Kobe city assembly will propose the draft "Sign Language for All Regulation" (tentative name) in the assembly in February. The draft places sign language as a language and arranges it for the daily use.
When the draft were concluded in March, Kobe-shi will be the first at a government ordinance designation city level. The assembly aims at e on April 1.
Tottori-ken established a Sign Language regulation for the first time nationwide in October, 2013. The Sasayama-shi assembly in the Hyogo Prefecture approved a similar ordinance in December, 2014.