Diet Renovation Begins For Barrier - Free Access

Diet renovation begins for barrier-free access

Workers began renovating Japan's Upper House to accommodate two new lawmakers who rely on large motorized wheelchairs.

Yasuhiko Funago and Eiko Kimura won seats in the July 21 Upper House election. Both represent a new party called Reiwa Shinsengumi. Funago has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, while Kimura can hardly move her limbs.

The workers will remove chairs to create space for the two near an entrance to the main hall of the Upper House. They will also eliminate a step about 15 centimeters high to improve accessibility.

Chamber officials say the renovation will cost about 6,400 dollars, and will be completed by Monday.

Further work is planned to improve barrier-free accessibility, including setting up a slope at the Diet building's main entrance.

Funago and Kimura are scheduled to attend an extraordinary Diet session on August 1.