June 23, 2015
AKASHI-shi, Hyogo Prefecture:
Yanetani Atsuko, a member of the Akashi Municipal Assembly who is Deaf, stood on a platform in the assembly room for the first time on June 22 to address questions about measures being taken by the municipal government for residents with disabilities.
Yanetani spent about 30 minutes addressing questions to the municipal assembly about three policy items -- measures to address discrimination against people with disabilities, handling of disabled residents in times of disaster and the hiring of disabled persons as city government staff.
Akashi-shi to provide interpreting service for Deaf assembly member