Governor's press conference sign-language interpreted first in northeastern Japan

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.

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