August 3, 2016
The Shintoku-cho Health Welfare Department in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, hired Zei Satoko, 46, a certified interpreter, as a sign language promoter for the spread of sign language on August 1. (photo)
Zei is planning to serve as a lecturer in the townsman lectures while taking charge of interpreting in the public office desk and an event. She is a first full-time interpreter at the town and villages. Also she will visit a Deaf person at home and also investigates needs for future community services in the tenure of office at most 3 years.
In 2014, the town has established a regulation about sign language. About 200 Deaf reside.