June 16, 2015
Maebashi-shi, Gunma Prefecture:
The 63rd National Deaf Conference, sponsored by Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD), was held in Maebashi- shi on June 10-14, attracting more than 3,000 Deaf persons and people concerned from the whole country and an old friendship was heated up.
There was a closing ceremony on June 14, the last day of the conference. The resolutions and proclamation were adopted; rights for sign language in education, political rights including interpreting for an election broadcast and introduction of subtitles, etc. JFD and the participants promised once more to work on society to protect human rights of the Deaf.
Prior to opening of the Conference, as many Deaf persons were expected to visit an eatery and use a public transportation, the Prefecture Federation of the Deaf distributed a "communication support board" to 300 stores or restaurants, and the hotels where a Deaf participant would stay overnight in the city. It was made sure a Deaf person points some items on the board for communication.