January 1, 2016
Yamagata Prefecture Office has decided the policy to introduce interpretation for Governor Yoshimura Mieko's message as a principle in the regular press conference held once a week, starting at a press conference for the beginning of the year on January 4, 2016.
Sign-language interpretation of a governor press conference is for the first time in Japan's northeastern region.
In addition to a part time employee in the Prefecture Health Welfare Department, a certified interpreter from the Prefecture Association of the Deaf will interpret for the Governor.
Tottori-ken in western Japan has introduced its Governor's interview interpreted already. Even Prime Minister Abe Shinzo's press conference is performed with interpretation.