Areas around Tokyo Olympic venues to be made more accessible to disabled people

JIJI

The land and transport ministry is planning to remove all barriers that might hamper people with disabilities on a total of 20 km of national roads around the venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other tourist facilities.

Part of the effort will be evening out sidewalk levels and installing Braille tiles.

Looking to promote barrier-free facilities in an integrated way, the ministry will set up a liaison team with the central government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and ward governments.

To date, the ministry has made roads under its management more accessible in areas around railway stations, government agencies and welfare facilities, but people with disabilities still face difficulties in many locations.

The ministry also intends to support such improvements for roads operated by the metropolitan and other local governments.