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Gov't Steps up Barrier-Free Efforts

Government officials are stepping up efforts to make Japan's transportation system and public facilities barrier free, prior to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

People in charge at the transport ministry say they will start trial services of buses equipped with lifts in January. The buses will run on routes linking central Tokyo and 2 major airports, Haneda and Narita.

State subsidies will be provided for bus operators to purchase the vehicles.

Currently, none of the country's long-distance buses and airport shuttles are equipped with lifts. Ministry officials aim to make 25 percent of them barrier-free by 2020.

They also plan to build special lanes for wheelchair accessible taxis at the international terminal of Haneda Airport.

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