Kyoto-shi to establish regulation for Deaf tourist hospitality

January 5, 2016

Kyoto-shi in western Japan where bustles with a tourist will establish the "Sign Language Regulation" (tentative name) soon which assumes hospitality to a tourist who is Deaf.

A regulation about sign language has been established by at least 32 local government bodies, but the one which includes a tourist in a regulation is unusual.

A draft regulation will be concluded in February by the Kyoto City Council. The City Office will consider a concrete plan for training of a sightseeing sign language guide and the spread of international sign language interpreting.

There are about 60,000 Deaf persons who use sign language daily in the whole country according to Japanese Federation of the Deaf.

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