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Japan to use Tokyo Games to aim for barrier-free society

  • June 15, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 5:46 p.m.
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Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government in a white paper released Tuesday outlined a policy of using this summer’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as an opportunity to promote a barrier-free society.

The 2021 White Paper on Government Measures for Persons with Disabilities, approved at a cabinet meeting the same day, includes examples of city planning that utilize universal designs, or designs that can be used easily by those with disabilities, such as making Olympic and Paralympic venues and their surrounding areas more accessible.

The annual report also stresses the promotion of the “barrier-free of the heart” vision, which calls on people to respect each other regardless of whether they have disabilities or not.

It includes specific measures, such as holding sports events participated by both people with and without disabilities.

On the topic of promoting employment of people with disabilities amid the novel coronavirus crisis, the report called for online support and other forms of consultations that do not require in-person meetings, showing a plan to continue employment support through information and communications technology.

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