June 21, 2016
Following "Kobe-shi Sign Language Regulation" effective in April, 2015, recently a sign language class was held at Himeji Credit Union Kobe West Branch Office located in Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture near Osaka, aiming at learning how to communicate with the clients who are hearing-impaired. (photo)
27 sales clerks learned the way of the communication by sign language. The branch office has asked the Hearing Impairment Welfare Society in the city to provide a class, which came true.
There are 2,013 hearing-impaired people at the city according to Kobe-shi. The number of registered interpreters is 118. A participant of an interpreting training lecture is increasing, but it is difficult to secure more interpreters.