April 22, 2017
Nakagawa-machi in Fukuoka Prefecture located in Japan's southern island continues the work to spread sign language through social networking service (SNS).
While more interpreters are getting aged, the town office aims to raises the interest in sign language among the young generation. The Japanese Federation of the Deaf says, "Their work using SNS is unusual."
The town office has uploaded the 15-20 second animation titled "Everyone Signs in Our Town" weekly on Facebook and Instagram since September last year.
The welfare department in the town office started using sign language in a morning meeting in order to be able to communicate with Deaf clients about two years ago.
The Deaf visitors say, "We are glad to see more persons greet by sign language."