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Upper house begins renovations for wheelchair-using lawmakers

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Welcome to the late 20th century.

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Good for them!

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Should never have had the need to renovate in the first place. For all the insistence that Japan is a modern country, it sure the hell isn't when it comes to being barrier free!

Glad to see them doing it, but I will bet any money, it will be put back to the way it was once they leave their positions in the Diet!

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Should never have had the need to renovate in the first place. For all the insistence that Japan is a modern country, it sure the hell isn't when it comes to being barrier free!

Jaoan isn't very modern when it comes to HVAC or insulation either.

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When people in a wheelchair use a bus, other passengers have to wait until a bus driver get them in the bus. Some say "Thank you" to the driver and waiting passengers while others take it for granted and do not say anything. I wish them say "Thank you."

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But a lot of Japanese people are angry about these two being elected. I have heard lots of people say, "what can they do for the country? They can't talk or debate!" Also they are concerned about the cost these two will incur, but I replied that the amount spent on these two is a mere pittance as to what is wasted daily by all politicians.

IF this helps drag Japan into the present, so be it.

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Good.

And take some chairs away where sleepers sit.

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in your bid to make japan look good to the rest of the world for the ridiculous olympics at least some nice benefits come for people who live here and have been ignored.

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Why are they wearing helmets?

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I think it’s entirely appropriate that such renovations are being done, as were the earlier changes for previously disabled members, at the time of need and specifically tailored to their needs. This is not an area accessible to the public and I bet if they did a lot of proactive renovations and then disabled candidates didn’t happen to be elected or those elected needed a different configuration, there’d be a lot of complaining about our “wasted taxes”.

One s thing I would like to see done is the setup for people who have been called to testify in the Diet. They sit in chairs alone or in groups depending on how many they are, and then get up and walk to and stand at a small table with a mike when called, then back to their chair. And that’s done for every question. There’s a ton of time wasted with calling names, raising hands, walking back and forth. Much better an efficient system of a long table with a mike for each person so they can remain seated and just answer when a question is directed at them.

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These two disabled people have already done a hell of a lot for their cause by bringing it into the govt's. consciousness and spotlighting it and they haven't started working yet.

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Good for Japan!

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I'm with Educator. I don't see a problem with renos timed to fit actual needs of actual representatives, not renos done in advance to suit what an average disabled person might need.

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So, one year before Japan hosts the Paralympics they put a severely disabled person into the diet and renovate to accomodate him. Coincidence? Hmm?

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Chip StarToday 06:36 am JSTWelcome to the late 20th century.

Then President George Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990 to make all new buildings handicapped accessible and this law still isn't fully enforced in the USA even now. And that's despite the fact that George Bush spent his last years in a wheelchair due to some form of Parkinson's.

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In 2019... well done.

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lesenfantToday 10:06 am JSTIn 2019... well done.

Better late then never.

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Some say "Thank you" to the driver and waiting passengers while others take it for granted and do not say anything. I wish them say "Thank you."

I wish people such as yourself would actually ask " can I do something to help" or offer seats / assistance instead of waiting for a diabled person to say "thank you ". How about imagining what it would be like to be in their place everyday ?

Also they are concerned about the cost these two will incur, but I replied that the amount spent on these two is a mere pittance as to what is wasted daily by all politicians.

Absolutely true.

These two disabled people have already done a hell of a lot for their cause by bringing it into the govt's. consciousness and spotlighting it and they haven't started working yet.

Indeed...and let us just remind those "concerned about cost and their contribution to debate " that there are a number of lawmakers who do jack all apart from dozing off and collecting taxpayer funded salaries and allowances for themselves and their relatives whom they dully employ as secretaries and support staff.

Good for Japan!

I agree with Gambare here...a summer miracle happening :-)

LOL LOL at the Japan haters. Take look at your countries Japan haters.

LOL...and of course the thread would not be complete without our resident trollmaster diverting focus onto gaikoku again....always entertaining :).

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No it was not built with wheel chair access and WIFI, but was built with glass windows and Chairs! No sitting on floors made of staw mats there?

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DisillusionedToday  09:50 am JST

“So, one year before Japan hosts the Paralympics they put a severely disabled person into the diet and renovate to accomodate him. Coincidence? Hmm?”

One, it’s a him and a her, two people. Two, despite the huge stretch you’re making, you might have a point if it were the ruling party that fielded those candidates. But it was Reiwa Shinsengumi, headed by Yamamoto Taro, hardly a fellow who is in line with much that the government does.

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Touché....may I add LOL

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Sorry did you mean to say Falk and knives?

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While they're making that place more wheelchair friendly, they can sort out the trip hazards that are the pavements and gutters…

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Last year I had to carry something heavy on a cart through Shibuya station. I hit so many dead ends with escalators leading to steps etc. It was a nightmare. I had to keep going to get my ticket changed so I could go i and out of other exits and entrances in order to get this thing to the platform. The elevators were far and few between.

That station is looking cool, but it will be a nightmare for the Olympics.

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DisillusionedToday 

So, one year before Japan hosts the Paralympics they put a severely disabled person into the diet and renovate to accomodate him. Coincidence? Hmm?

Totally agree. While I would like to think they are changing for the better, I can almost guarantee the thugs and crawly critters are all but under the rugs and things are the same. Its all surface level stuff and a bit staged. After the stuff I heard about and what had happened to some people, it is no wonder they sided with Hitler.

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