English article: Two Deaf women win seats in assembly through polls

April 27, 2015
Saito Rie uses an electronic 
tablet to respond to reporters.


A former nightclub hostess with a hearing disability was elected to the assembly of Kita Ward, Tokyo. 
Known for her widely acclaimed 2009 autobiography “Hitsudan Hostess” (Writing hostess), 31-year-old Rie Saito was not the only hearing-impaired candidate to be elected during Sunday’s second round of unified local elections. 
Atsuko Yanetani, 55, won a seat on the city assembly in Akashi-shi, Hyogo Prefecture.

Yanetani Atsuko signs to express 
her happiness at winning a seat. 
(picture: http://the-japan-news.com)

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