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Disability News Japan Episode 17 Will Wheelchair Users in Japan be left ‘Standing in the Doorway?‪’‬ Disability News Japan

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A group representing disabled people in Japan has said the doorway width stipulated in a planned amendment of Tokyo's barrier-free ordinance for hotels is unlikely to be wide enough for many wheelchairs.

Under the Road Traffic Act, wheelchair users are regarded as pedestrians as long as the vehicle they ride in measures no more than 120 centimeters in length, 70 centimeters in width and 109 centimeters in height. Even in the case of an electric wheelchair, if the maximum speed was 6 kilometers or less per hour, the user is regarded as a pedestrian.

Episode Weblinks:

Disability group claims width mandated by Tokyo accessibility ordinance insufficient for wheelchairs: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/02/19/disability-group-claims-width-mandated-by-tokyo-accessibility-ordinance-insufficient-for-wheelchairs/

Man in wheelchair sues department store over wine-tasting refusal: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/22/man-in-wheelchair-sues-department-store-over-wine-tasting-refusal/

A group representing disabled people in Japan has said the doorway width stipulated in a planned amendment of Tokyo's barrier-free ordinance for hotels is unlikely to be wide enough for many wheelchairs.

Under the Road Traffic Act, wheelchair users are regarded as pedestrians as long as the vehicle they ride in measures no more than 120 centimeters in length, 70 centimeters in width and 109 centimeters in height. Even in the case of an electric wheelchair, if the maximum speed was 6 kilometers or less per hour, the user is regarded as a pedestrian.

Episode Weblinks:

Disability group claims width mandated by Tokyo accessibility ordinance insufficient for wheelchairs: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/02/19/disability-group-claims-width-mandated-by-tokyo-accessibility-ordinance-insufficient-for-wheelchairs/

Man in wheelchair sues department store over wine-tasting refusal: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/22/man-in-wheelchair-sues-department-store-over-wine-tasting-refusal/

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