In Japan, you will experience that all information and facilities are well accessible.
From online the information on weather and earthquake, Train Route Finder, TV programme, and not to mention all guide information on food, hangout spots, recreation spots, fashion trend and so on.. Pamphlets are widely distributed in public area like station or near the crowded like mall areas and for free.
As for the public facilities, here, the unfortunate / disable can survive going outside by theirselves and still able to work (it’s indeed amazing, wondering when Indonesia those disable will have the same right to work and live like the normal ppl). Along the pavement, it is also designed for ones who use the paddles.
And as for the wheelchairs, they’re assisted to ride on the densha by the officer providing like bridging from the platform to inside the densha. If only they mistell the station they gonna stop, they can ask help the passengers in densha. And I saw that the passenger willing giving hand for them. See.. how they are really appreciated and treated like normals?
The other case, every area has at least like one public library. Citizen can apply membership for free, reading books there, and borrow some books. It’s a common view to see a lot of people reading in the library starting from the young kids, moms, dads, until the age of grandpa and grandma. I couldn’t believe that sight as I rarely saw it..
In contrary to its accessibility, for gaikokujin-foreigner, we will feel like in the middle-of-nowhere. Why? Because most of the guides are in Japanese, there’ll be a lot of troubles in digesting the abundantful information.. Thus, Japanese proficiency do helps. (But this case won’t be valid for Chinese, as the kanjis almost readable for them. They probably can’t speak but they can read and comprehend the information. 😀)
I had a lot of experiences regarding to the Japanese. When I bought even like electricity devices, the guide is in Japanese, they don’t provide like bilingual Japanese and English (In lovely country, we do have 2 version languages of guide or sometimes more than 2, rite?)
Another thing, when filling the form in the bank. Oh gosh.. it’s in Kanji Japanese only.
(In lovely country, banks provide 2 version languages in one form, rite?)
Well, in some ATMs, I say some.. yup, also you can find like English Menu, but when you choose the English menu, the feature you wanna use is not there.. It’s only in Japanese.
There’re also like websites that has comprehensive information but it’s only partially English.
Yeah that’s what I mean “accessible but oops.. ” hehe.. But of course, I have to make progress in my Japanese : trouble, making mistakes, practice, that’s all I can do.. Coz it’s not as easy as we learn the language from kid age.
Friend of my friend who’s here for business travel, talked in English but ppl will most likely like answering her with Japanese. She’s stresful and made a joke, how come Japan can be so rich when most of the people like not speaking the world wide language-English? haha.. I can say it’s not quite related.. ^^
PS. Some of the links above is in English, accessible, readable. Maybe you’ll need it sometime later if you visit Japan. ^^