Prefecture uses YouTube as public information medium in sign language for Deaf community

March 6, 2015 

Kochi-shi, Kochi Prefecture:

The Kochi prefecture in western Japan recently started uploading of a sign language version of the public information newsletter, the January and February issues in "YouTube", respectively. 

It can be viewed also every month on the prefecture's official website ( 

This move was due to the demand of the Deaf community in the prefecture.

The Prefecture Association of the Deaf and the Prefecture Information Center for the Deaf, in cooperation, produce the video of each issue of the public information newsletter for approximately 20 minutes. Without an interpreter, three members of the association read a newsletter and translate it into sign language.

Approximately 3,000 Deaf people live in the prefecture reportedly.

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