The Japanese land ministry plans to revise the standards on barrier-free rooms at hotels to increase the number of guest rooms accessible to wheelchair users ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, informed sources have said.

Currently, hotels with a total floor space of at least 2,000 square meters and at least 50 guest rooms are obliged to have one or more rooms fit for use by people in wheelchairs.

New standards being considered by the ministry would require that at least one pct of all guest rooms at such hotels be those usable by people in wheelchairs, the sources said. To make the change, the ministry will overhaul an ordinance for implementing the nation’s barrier-free law.

Under the new rules, hotels with 201 to 300 guest rooms, for example, would have to have three or more rooms accessible to wheelchair users.

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