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Asian Countries To Develop Standards For Universal Design
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 10, 2003

TOKYO, JAPAN--Three Asian countries are teaming up to develop a set of standards to make products and services user-friendly for people with and without disabilities.

Japan, China and South Korea plan to compile "universal design" standards over the next year with the intention of eventually having them adopted around the world.

According to the Asahi Shimbun news service, representatives from the three countries will meet for the first time next spring in Tokyo.

Japan will propose standards on universal design of containers and wrappings of household products.

China is expected to propose standards for signs in public facilities, such as restrooms and elevators. Beijing, China, is slated to host the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The countries are considering asking the International Organization for Standardization to adopt the new guidelines once they have been written.

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