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General Principles of Universal Design Policy
III. Specific measures

10.  Comprehensive spread of pioneering efforts (leading projects and leading areas)

   The entire Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will develop more advanced measures based on the concept of universal design and introduce the successful results nationwide by effectively supporting efficient and pioneering efforts by project and by region based on the characteristics of problems encountered according to conditions in each region in order to encourage such pioneering efforts that contribute to the widespread introduction of universal design.

(Specific cases)

[Redevelopment of new towns]
  In residential districts such as Tama New Town or Senri New Town that were developed between 30 and 40 years ago, facilities have deteriorated and declined, the population has aged, and the period of overall redevelopment is approaching. Therefore, this situation is taken as the opportunity to redevelop multi-function cities based on the concept of universal design as places where diverse people can live, work, and relax.

[Realization of airports that anyone can use easily]
  Taking the Sendai Airport that will be accessible by rail beginning in 2007 as a model, the Universal Design Promotion Committee was established to undertake comprehensive measures including gathering opinions from a wide range of people including airport users, taking steps to achieve continuous barrier free state between the railway station and the airport terminal, completing information provision systems, and establishing a personnel training system. Efforts will be made to introduce the results at other airports nationwide.

[Smoothing transfers at large scale terminals]
  By forming consultative committees of railway and bus service operators and facility managers (regional governments etc.) and at the same time by providing concentrated support in cooperation with related business such as contractors that perform station improvement work or that construct bus terminals or pedestrian decks in front of railway stations at large-scale terminals where passengers transfer between many busses and trains, measures such as providing integrated easily understood transfer guidance and improving transfer routes are undertaken to smooth the use of public transportation systems at transfer points (beginning this year, at Sannomiya (City of Kobe), studies will begin to form a concrete consensus).

[Tourist regions]
  Several locations in Japan have been selected for a study of the needs of tourist regions based on the concept of universal design-the construction of a basic concept, the provision of uniform guide signs, standardized equipping of toilets for handicapped people, deploying volunteers, and so on-in order to create tourist regions that elderly and handicapped people can tour safety and comfortably.

  The establishment of Daily Life Street Zones (in Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture for example) is promoted to create high quality living environments by prioritizing the safe and convenient use by pedestrians over use by automobiles by preventing through traffic and at the same time, planting trees along roads linked to the road side vegetation, removing power poles etc.

  At the Showa Kinen Park and similar parks, physical measures such as providing pathways and playgrounds and removing barriers from toilets are accompanied by non-physical measures such as training volunteers to assist handicapped people and preparing barrier free maps to create urban parks that anyone can enjoy without anxiety.
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