Japan to Promote Universal Design for Paralympics


Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is comfortable to everyone regardless of age, nationality and whether one has disability, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The government plans to hold a meeting of cabinet ministers related to the project on Monday and announce an action plan calling for the compilation of manuals for better dealing with people with disabilities by the end of March 2018, according to officials.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō explained the initiative of promoting universal design in his policy speech to parliament in January. The government aims to use the 2020 Games to get the idea of universal design to be shared widely among the Japanese public and leave the envisaged inclusive society as a legacy of the quadrennial sporting event, the officials said.

The action plan is expected to consist of two pillars—the cultivation of a barrier-free mental attitude and urban development.

As part of an effort to change people's mindset, a treatment manual for the disabled will be drawn up respectively for the transportation, tourism, retail and restaurant industries, in cooperation with organizations for disabled people. The government hopes the manuals will be used from fiscal 2018.

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