The transport ministry said Tuesday that all of the country’s shinkansen trains would create spaces for wheelchair users.
The ministry will conduct tests by summer and work out the details, such as the size required for such spaces.
It unveiled the plan as part of a basic policy for making the trains barrier-free.
In the tests, new spaces will be created by removing existing seats designated for wheelchair users or through other means.
Wheelchair users will be able to remain seated on the bullet trains and enjoy window views.
The spaces will be large enough that wheelchairs do not protrude into the aisles.
Seats for caregivers are also set to be discussed shortly.
Online reservations for seats designated for wheelchair users will also be made possible. Even if no reservations are made, seats will be secured for them without being sold for general passenger use until the day before travel.
The basic policy was compiled by a study group at the ministry that includes representatives from shinkansen operators and groups of people with disabilities.
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