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General Principles of Universal Design Policy
II.Basic concept of the general principles of universal design policy

5. Providing for diverse activities based on technology, methods, etc.

  Measures must be undertaken to provide for diverse human activities, tourism and others that are not parts of people's daily lives and the activities of foreigners that are expected to continue to increase, while measures are taken to meet new needs resulting from the advance of IT for example. Measures must be taken guided by predictions of a variety of human activities based on the concept of universal design.

(1) Measures to support tourism and other activities not part of people's daily lives
    In tourist regions, at tourism facilities, and in hotels, barriers must be removed and other measures taken to provide for tourism and other activities that are not part of people's daily lives.
  And because tourists are not aware of the geography of the regions they visit, it is important to create environments where they can travel smoothly by easily finding out where they are and how to reach their destinations.
(2)  Providing environments to accept foreigners
    Along with measures intended to make Japan a tourism power visited by 10 million foreign travelers per year by 2010, environments foreigners can visit must be created by providing information to foreigners and completing signs in foreign languages.
(3)  Using IT to provide universal information (constructing Ubiquitous computing environment *7 etc.)
    Ubiquitous computing environments is being constructed thanks to the advance of IT, but it is also counted on to permit the provision of needed information to many kinds of people anytime and anywhere to contribute to the creation of a society in which every person can exercise his or her individuality and capabilities and participate fully in society to achieve self-actualization. For this reason ubiquitous network technology *8, GIS *9 etc. must be applied to implement measures to complete the provision of information.

*7  Ubiquitous computing environment: Ubiquitous is a Latin word that means "exists everywhere". so this term means an environment in which information systems of all kinds are linked in a network, allowing everyone to exchange information safely at any time and in any place.
*8 Ubiquitous network technology: It is information communication technology (ICT) that forms an environment for the use of a network linking everything and everybody at any time, anywhere (ubiquitous network) by forming a wide area network of all kinds of information systems.
*9  GIS: This is an acronym for Geographic Information System. It is technology that permits users to perform advanced analysis and make instant judgements by performing integrated control, processing, and visual display of data including information about a location (spatial data) by entering a geographical location.
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