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There are guidelines – here they are in Japanese: http://www.mlit.go.jp/sogoseisaku/barrierfree/sosei_barrierfree_mn_000001.html
This is the closest I could find in English: http://www.mlit.go.jp/english/2006/a_policy_bureau/01_udpolicy/index.html
But as you can tell from the link, the English version is from 2006, but the laws were updated more recently…
Hope it helps!
Here is a vision explaining the law in simple terms.. but again, only in Japanese:
Just a comment, how i wished that architects, structural engineers and other professionals involved in the building/construction industries and allied services (as well as those in government) would have a major mind shift in their view of accessibility and barrier free structures in their design by having the default set to ramps and slides instead of stairs of a flight of steps for anything requiring rise or ascension. This design or style is what is truly accommodating and embracing for all without the obvious labeling of being accessible or barrier free. Come to think of it, a slide or ramp can easily be traversed by a “normal”walking person. The only difference, he/she is not aware of it because it is effortless to him/her, either way. But to a physically challenged individual, it makes a whole world of difference.
Very VERY true!
Small strides (not steps, pardon the pun intended) and vigilance to everything around is needed and even incumbent upon all of us.
More power for sites like this as we need to stir awareness in all, physically challenged or not, that we are all a community, co-existing and living with one another, hoping to make it better for everyone.
A change of mindset among architects, building planners, structural builders,etc. and government is to simply remove the default mode for any rise or elevation in the use of steps or stairs but rather with the flowing ramps and slides. Aesthetics and function can find a holistic fusion toward an inclusive, integrative barrier free environment catering and embracing all, without the need for even a “special” labeling such as accessibility or even barrier free.
I have seen many pictures and designs all over the internet that exemplify such ideal fusion. Aren’t these a beauty.
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