Disabled Japanese Lawmaker Asks 1st Questions at Parliament

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)--Eiko Kimura, a Japanese lawmaker with a severe disability, Tuesday asked her first questions at parliament since she was elected earlier this year.

Helped by caregivers, Kimura, a member of political party Reiwa Shinsengumi, asked the government questions including proper ways to operate accessible restrooms at public facilities.

Kimura, appearing at the House of Councillors infrastructure committee, spoke by herself, though caregivers were allowed to speak on her behalf. Two caregivers next to Kimura helped her to raise the hands, turn the pages of materials and do other actions.

"Disabled athletes and spectators from abroad will come to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Games," Kimura said. Toilets accessible to wheelchair users should be purpose-made to meet the needs of individual users, she said.

Infrastructure minister Kazuyoshi Akaba told her that now that barrier-free facilities are common, the government needs to consider how to build an inclusive society.

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