Deaf woman to use SNS for campaign in local assembly election

 March 5, 2015          
Saito Rie (center) is ready for a press 
conference in the Diet on February 25. 

KIta-ku, Tokyo:

With her campaign slogan,"realization of barrier-free society", Saito Rie, 31, the Deaf woman who worked as a hostess at Ginza in Tokyo, will run for the Kita-ku assembly election (vote and counting on April 26) by official recognition from one of the political parties in KIta-ku in Tokyo.

She doesn't hold a microphone because she does not speak well, and she plans to use the Internet for her election campaign, while confirming the rule with the Kita-ku Election Administration Committee.

Saito, the mother a 4-year-old girl, will put up women social advancement and child rearing support reinforcement. She also states she would like to put the effort into support system building for persons with disabilities employment in particular.

According to the Kita-ku election administration, not only a distribution of a flyer is forbidden during a campaign, but also a conversation by means of writing at the street conflicts in the public office election law. However, as "net election" is currently permitted by a legal revision in April, 2013, Saito intends to send messages enthusiastically by a blog and an exchange site (SNS)".

The assembly secretariat will study how to  support Saito in the assembly meeting with a device such as a speech software in case that she would be elected.

Japanese source:

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