April 27, 2016
The Akita-shi Fire Fighting Head Office in Akita Prefecture, a part of northwestern Japan, has begun the practical use of "Web 119 Emergency Report System" for the people who are Deaf, etc. since April (photo).
It's the first effort by the prefecture.
With the system for emergency number 119, a Deaf person sends a message easily on the screen of a smart phone or a cellular phone without audio information.
Moreover, a satellite positioning system (GPS) helps to specify a whereabouts, which quicker communication becomes possible.