English articles: Ward assembly introducing system for deaf member

MAY 21, 2015

Japanese newspapers report in English on a newly elected deaf assembly member in Tokyo.

A Tokyo ward will introduce a system in its assembly to allow a member who is deaf to join debates.

Rie Saito, 31, who is deaf, was elected as a member of the Kita Ward Assembly in late April. Before her election, Saito was known as a “hitsudan hostess” as she had to communicate with customers using notes.

The ward will introduce the system on Tuesday, the first time for an assembly to do so. The system was developed by Fujitsu Ltd. and other companies.

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