Shintoku-cho in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, has established a sign language regulation in 2014 for the first time and as the third town/village by the whole country autonomous body.
The sign language class has started targeted for all the grades of three elementary schools in the town this year.
Children from the first grade through sixth grade learn sign language by a consistent system until graduation based on a step-by-step curriculum. Hokkaido Prefecture School Board says the case of the town is the first attempt.
The town dispatches an interpreter as a lecturer. The each grader has total of 30 frames until graduation: five frames a year for each grade (one frame for 45 minutes). (photo)