Tokyo’s city government is seeking to install universal-use toilets for all genders in Olympic and Paralympic venues, according to the Asahi Shimbun.
The city, which will host the upcoming 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, will consider building at least one unisex toilet in seven of the 11 venues being built by the city government. Larger facilities will see a few of the transgender-friendly toilets installed.
Japan already has daredemo toire — unisex, wheelchair-accessible toilets — but wheelchair-accessible toilets require more space, hence the plan for more toilets.
The new unisex toilets won’t be wheelchair-friendly, however. But they will be big enough for two people, to accommodate those needing assistance to use the toilet, reported the Asahi Shimbun. The city government hopes that construction of the new unisex toilets will reduce queues for existing wheelchair-accessible toilets.
The plan was applauded by Maki Muraki, head of Nijiiro Diversity, a local LGBT nonprofit. “Along with the effort to increase the number of public toilets, to raise people’s awareness that those who do not look like a…