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November 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
The Prefectural Assembly has been working to enact an ordinance for sign language. The assembly aims to submit a proposal at a regular meeting next February and plans for an exploratory committee to exchange opinions with concerned groups and make an inspection of advanced regions. On October 20, Tatsunobu Nohara, president of the Okinawa Association of the Deaf, explained the situation for the hard of hearing to members of the committee.