Deaf instructor (left)
April 21, 2017
In 2014, Ishikari-shi, Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, was the first city/town/village to carry out a sign language regulation in the country.
Ishikari Shoyo High School in the city has begun introduced "Sign Language" as a subject equal to Japanese on April 20.
The second-year students who select the subject as an elective course that a Deaf person teaches. The Hokkaido Prefecture Board of Education says it is a leading move even in the country.
Sixteen students have signed for the elective course the current year.