November 1, 2014
election of the Governor and Naha-shi Mayor, respectively, will take
place on November 16 in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.
organizations sent the questionnaire to the Election Administration
Commission in 41 cities, towns and villages in order to investigate on a
barrier-free environment of the polling place (339 places) in the
prefecture on September 2 and October 20.
In spite of having made
the barrier-free polling place compulsory by Disabled Persons'
Fundamental Law revised in July, 2011, it turned out that 253 polling
places did not provide a ramp for the wheelers, 74.6% at a total of 339
polling places (as of September 2).
It was learned that no interpreter was ever stationed at the polling place for election of mayors and lawmakers.
the barrier-free mandating back, 40 cities, towns and villages except
Naha-shi answered they have not taken any measure at the time of revised
Disabled Persons' Fundamental Law. Almost all the Election
Administration Commission gave a reason, saying that they just have kept
the old way even though after the legal revision.
concerned pointed out that results of the investigation indicated the
negligence of administration and the emasculation of the idea of the