March 21, 2015
Responding to the problem that the assembly member who introduced himself using sign language before a general question at the prefecture assembly plenary session was warned by the assembly secretariat, the Prefecture Association of the Deaf has submitted a letter of request on March 13 to the Prefecture Assembly Chairperson so that anyone can use sign language freely at the assembly.
The letter stated: Assuming that "sign language is a language", the Association asked about recognition of sign language and pointed out that "To be different in handling of sign language as the same Japanese is a question." As prescribed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Association requested to promote the use of sign language even at the assembly.
Prefecture assembly member warned for using sign language at the floor