Tokyo 2020: Accessible Toilets For All
Asia-Pacific, Universal Design, October 2 2017
Three years from now, Tokyo will see an influx of visitors for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In preparation for an expected 40 million guests, the Japanese government has launched a national toilet improvement campaign.
Tokyo’s Narita airport is the first to be renovated for the Olympics with it’s “total toilet makeover drive.” Earlier this month, new designer restrooms had opened up at the airport which included not only singing toilets and beeping bidets but also awed visitors for some very well thought of accessibility features.
Two new bathrooms in the airport’s Terminal 2 include a voice guidance system that talks to users who are blind and also has a light alert system to help people who are deaf in case of emergencies.
There are also designated wide stalls for those with service animals. These spaces are pet friendly which include leash hooks, pet mats and cans for dog waste disposal.
Some of the other features in Narita’s airport include braille and tactile information panels, toilet bowls with handrails, lowered washbasins, emergency alarms, wider stalls etc.
Japan is working to make cities more accessible since the population is aging. The aim of such a makeover is to imbibe universal design so that it is useful even after the Olympics.