Policeman fluent in sign language stationed  

May 11, 2015  
Tagawa signs for "Thank you." 

Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture:

Tagawa Takashi, 43, an assistant police inspector was designated in October, 2014 as a "super policeman", the policeman of police substation duties in the area police activity using a special skill. He has been an interpreter certified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2009.

When Tagawa was a schoolboy, he had Deaf relatives who taught him basic sign language and manual alphabet. When he worked at a police substation in Yokohama-shi, he started attending the near sign language club, improving his sign language skills along a little.

When a Deaf person is involved in an incident or accident around, Tagawa is called to interpret. "A Deaf person will be relieved when there is a person who can sign even a little." 

A Sign Language regulation was carried out since April in the prefecture, the second example as a prefecture nationwide.

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