April 27, 2015
Two Deaf women who ran for a seat were elected successfully as a result of vote counting of the nationwide local elections on April 26.
One person is Saito Rie, 31, well known as a "writing hostess", won her first election of the Kita-ku assembly as an officially recognized member in Tokyo.
Another is Yanetani Atsuko, 55, an independent candidate, winning a seat in the Akashi-shi assembly in Hyogo Prefecture. She is born Deaf, and during election activity, her daughters interpreted while Yanetani made an appeal in sign language.