June 16, 2015
Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture:
Kobe City Assembly will introduce interpreting through video relay of a plenary session starting from a regular meeting on June 19. The city says this service is the first time as a government ordinance city.
"Our Sign Language Regulation" has been carried out in Kobe-shi near Osaka since April. The city keeps putting a related policy into effect with obligation, and as part of policy, the city assembly decided to introduce interpreting in the meeting through video relay.
"Kobe Deaf Society," a non-profit organization incorporated, dispatches interpreters for the purpose.
The city assembly secretariat says, "We hope more citizens will be interested in the assembly taking such an opportunity."