INTERVIEW: IPC Seeks More Wheelchair-Accessible Hotel Rooms in Tokyo


Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive officer of the International Paralympic Committee, called in a recent interview for more wheelchair-accessible rooms at hotels in Tokyo.

If one pct of rooms at all hotels in the Japanese capital are accessible by wheelchair, "it will be good enough," Gonzalez said, expressing concern about the very few such rooms available at present.

Under the revised barrier-free law, when hotels and "ryokan" Japanese inns with a total floor space of 2,000 square meters or more and 50 or more rooms are newly built or renovated, at least one pct of the rooms need to be wheelchair-accessible.

Gonzalez said that the law is "acceptable" from a "legacy point of view" and meets international standards.

Noting that many spectators in wheelchairs are expected at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, however, Gonzalez said Tokyo will likely not meet demand for accessible rooms if only hotel facilities that are newly built or renovated from now on meet the one pct requirement.

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