September 24, 2015
On September 24, the last day of Asaka-shi regular meeting in Saitama next to Tokyo, there was voting on one of submitted bills, titled "Asaka-shi Japanese Sign Language Regulation."
A group of Deaf people, and members of sign language clubs had come to the gallery, and interpreting was provided during the regular meeting. After the meeting a group picture was taken (picture).
The "Asaka-shi Japanese Sign Language Regulation" was adopted by an unanimous vote without inquiry and discussion. The regulation establishment in Asaka-shi is said to be the first time in the Kanto area including Tokyo, and the 20th towns and villages across Japan. The regulation will be effective on April 1, 2016 and thereafter.
The "Japanese Sign Language" in the regulation is defined as follows according to the Asaka-shi official website.
"In this regulation, the language with grammatical systems which express grammar based on movements by hands, fingers, bodies and faces are different from Japanese is called as 'Japanese Sign language'."