July 17th 2019
TOKYO – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike expressed Wednesday her hopes of leaving a barrier-free city as a legacy of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, about a year before the quadrennial sporting event.
“In 2035, one out of three people in Japan will be elderly, aged 65 or older. Barrier-free is an important perspective for urban development in Tokyo, where the number of elderly will increase,” Koike said in an interview with Jiji Press.
The Tokyo metropolitan government has provided subsidies to accommodation facilities to promote barrier-free access.
“The Paralympics will be a good opportunity (for expanding barrier-free facilities) and legacies will surely remain,” Koike said.
Meanwhile, traffic congestion is one of the challenges for the 2020 Games. The Tokyo government plans to take measures to relieve congestion during the event, including staggered work hours for metropolitan government workers.