by TAKESHI SUEZAKI
Originally published: February 27, 2017
To expand the spirit of inclusivity and diversity, the Tokyo metropolitan government is seeking to install universal-use toilets for all genders in the venues it is constructing for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
Although “Daredemo toire” (Everyone’s toilets) already exist in many places, those multi-purpose toilet compartments are designed to accommodate wheelchairs, and thus require a certain amount of space. As a result, an insufficient number of them can be installed.
As a solution, smaller compartments for all genders that can accommodate two people, but not wheelchairs, are under consideration. They are designed for use by any gender, as well as people with disabilities other than those in wheelchairs, and are intended to reduce any lines for Daredemo toire.