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General Principles of Universal Design Policy
III. Specific measures

2.  Creation of systems for assessments and information sharing based on the concept of universal design (universal design assessments)

   Systems are being established to assess the effectiveness of facility construction and similar projects and of the implementation of non-physical measures with the participation of a variety of concerned parties, and to reflect the results of these assessments in the planning of future projects and measures (spiral up).
   The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport itself is taking the lead in implementing spiral up at projects undertaken under its jurisdiction (implemented through MLIT projects and introduced as sample cases).
   In order to objectively assess the degree of satisfaction with the effectiveness of measures from the perspective of users, "Universal Design Indices" are prepared.
   Information about cases with a high (or low) level of universal design is collected, accumulated, and announced.

(Specific cases)

  In order to deepen people's knowledge of the Arakawa River and to protect and improve the Arakawa River in the downstream region, the Arakawa River is being improved so everyone can visit it safely based on opinions from the Arakawa River Citizen's Meeting that consists of local governments and publicly recruited citizens and on opinions of the Round-table Conference for Development of the Arakawa River for Welfare formed by representatives of hospitals, welfare organizations, and educators.
  The Kumamoto District Joint Administrative Office was improved by establishing the New Kumamoto District Joint Administrative Office and Surrounding District Improvement Consultation Committee to exchange views at every stage of design and execution with the participation of scholars, local governments, representatives of shopping street associations, railway companies, and other private corporations, the prefecture, city and facility managers. Additionally,the opinions of welfare related organizations were obtained and the diverse needs of users reflected at the same time as close links were formed with the surrounding region including the nearby Kumamoto Station, and studies were conducted considering facility improvement policies and specific design issues.
  The international passenger terminal at Haneda Airport was improved by asking construction and management contractors submitting bids to participate in the project to submit proposals based on the concept of universal design (this year) at the same time as a variety of views and proposals were obtained from users and concerned organizations beginning at the design stage that will be reflected in the improvement and operation of the facility (FY 2006).

  And after use of the new terminal begins, they will be reflected in the operation of the terminal through monitoring and customer satisfaction (CS) surveys etc.
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