June 1, 2017
Minato Ward, Tokyo started the "telephone service" for its inhabitant with hearing impairment to communicate with the administrative agency, a hospital, a police or a fire fighting station through the use of the application on a smart phone or tablet. (photo) It is said to be the first try by an autonomous body in the Tokyo Metropolitan area.
Minato Ward Office has incorporated 5,750,000 yen into the budget the current year as the project cost entrusted to the Interpretation Center.
Welfare disabilities department officials explained, "This is a measure to respond the person with disabilities discrimination removal law which was carried out last year. No more burden on the people who had to go to the office for a small request."
About 300 inhabitants in the Ward are able to use the service at 8:00am-9:00pm.