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No.473 April 20, 2020
  • Initiatives and Prospects for Barrier Free Maritime Transport Facilities
    YOSHIDA Tetsuro
    Executive Director and Promotion Division Barrierfree Transportation Head, Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation
    TAKAHASHI Toru
    Assistant Manager, Promotion Division Barrierfree Transportation, Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation
  • On Hosting the World Congress of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World
    TAKAKUWA Koichi
    Director/Secretary, The Beautiful Toyama Bay Club
  • The Submergence of the Asian Megacity of Jakarta
    TAKEDA Yuri
    Environmental Journalist

Initiatives and Prospects for Barrier Free Maritime Transport Facilities

YOSHIDA Tetsuro
Executive Director and Promotion Division Barrierfree Transportation Head, Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation
TAKAHASHI Toru
Assistant Manager, Promotion Division Barrierfree Transportation, Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation

The movement for barrier-free passenger ships, the mainstay of maritime transport, is supported by a broad spectrum of passengers, from residents on remote islands who use ferries as their primary means of transportation to hospitals, schools and shopping, to those who prefer ships for long distance travel, to those who enjoy sightseeing and restaurant cruises. However, compared to conditions in other means of transport, progress has lagged. In response, and for the purpose of facilitating easier transportation for elderly and people with disabilities, we are providing financial support to barrier free projects undertaken by the maritime transport industry as part of their passenger vessel improvement plans.

On Hosting the World Congress of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World

TAKAKUWA Koichi
Director/Secretary, The Beautiful Toyama Bay Club

The World Congress of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Association was held for the first time in Japan, at Toyama Bay. Discussions were held at the World Café on the theme of “Looking Forward-Preserving the Environment for Sustainable Coastal Area Development,” and a vision for the next 20 years was compiled in the Toyama Declaration.

The Submergence of the Asian Megacity of Jakarta

TAKEDA Yuri
Environmental Journalist

While the amount of yearly precipitation in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta has fallen, torrential rainfalls have increased, bringing about more frequent overflows of rivers. Jakarta is said to be the world’s first city likely to be submerged and it now faces disaster crises caused by a variety of factors. However, city submergence is not a problem for Jakarta alone. It has been pointed out that due to the effects of climate change, flooding from river overflows and sea level rise could take place in megacities around the world. This article is a report on the city of Jakarta.

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