December 16, 2015
A Maebashi City Sign Language Regulation proposed by a councilor was approved by an unanimous vote in a regular meeting plenary session of the Maebashi municipal assembly on December 15. The regulation will be carried out in April, next year (2016).
The Gunma Prefecture Assembly near Tokyo has also established a Sign Language Regulation, in April, 2015. It is the first case that both a prefecture and a city establish and carry out a regulation related to Sing Language.
The sign language club which was set up in Maebashi-shi in 1968 was the first group to advance sign language interpreters training in the prefecture.