June 8, 2015
Chairperson Sasagawa (left) hands
a letter of request to Minister Takaichi.
Sasagawa Nobuhira, Chairperson of Nippon Foundation, visited Takaichi Sanae, Minister of the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, on June 3, and submitted the request asking for institutionalization of the telephone relay service for Deaf/deaf persons as public service.
The Foundation has begun to offer the telephone relay service as support to Deaf residents in three prefectures, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, hit by the Japan Great Earthquake in March, 2011 as a start. The service has expanded into the model business which made nationwide beside the Deaf disaster victims. Over 2,000 Deaf/deaf persons use the relay service about 7,000 cases monthly.