Written with extracts translated from Kyodo
July 7 2020
On July 7th, the Japanese Government’s Upper House set up a prototype wheelchair-accessible slope on the podium at the main conference hall and made it available to the press. Such efforts are a part of the barrier-free efforts to accommodate an elected official The House of Councillors, Yasuhiko Funago, who belongs to the political party Reiwa Shinsengumi.
The slope may be too steep,” the ruling and opposition director of the House of Councilors Steering Committee who ordered the changes.
Approximately 80 cm wide and 7 m long, the slope can be passed by large wheelchairs. As a demonstration, it was placed in front of the ministerial seats on a trial basis to check the shape and the appearance of the seats. Aiming for the completion of the regular assembly of the convocation in January next year.
Once completed, it will be installed on both sides of the podium.