Japanese government and Tokyo Metropolitan government is promoting the concept “Barrier-free mindset” toward the 2020 Olympic Paralympic Games. Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation mentions about the barrier-free mindset in its brochure “Towards 2020 －Building the Legacy－” :
“Promote a barrier-free mindset and barrier-free communication
· Support education and other efforts that encourage a barrier-free mindset
· Train Tokyo residents in sign languages, including foreign sign languages
· Promote the use of communication tools that feature ICT such as remote
sign language interpreting devices
· Use a variety of promotional mediums to educate and raise awareness”
We hope the citizens in Japan are more aware of the situations they could be of help around themselves in daily life, and offer helping hands instantly to those who may need support.