August 5, 2017
Wakayama-shi Office in Wakayama Prefecture has begun sign language telephone service using video call software of the internet "Skype" on August 1 so that a Deaf person can call. It is a part of services related to the Sign Language Regulation which was carried out in April, 2016.
A Deaf person had to go to the city office to call when there was no one who knows sign language nearby, and an interpreter helped him communicate through a telephone. There were 170 cases last year.
A Deaf person can save the time when he goes to the city office now, and can also call from any other place.