In Japan, there are various symbols for people having difficulties.
When you come to Japan, please refer to the symbols below while using some facilities. It could help you find the places you need.
Firs of all, I will show you some international symbols as you may know.
International symbols for people having some difficulties
1.International symbol for people having some difficulties
This is a common mark throughout the world to clarify the accessible buildings and facilities. In 1969, International Association of Integrated Rehabilitation、IAIR has decided the mark.
This mark is not only for people using a wheelchair but also all people having difficulties.
There is no obligation. e.g. even if you show the mark on your car, you cannot avoid the regulation of traffic low, parking prohibition nor have the priority to park at the place for people needing help.
The icon is redesigned from the original International symbol for people having some difficulties; the icon can represent the original international mark more actively and positively.
The icon is made from Accessible Icon Project, NPO in America. New York has applied the icon.
3.International symbol for people having seeing difficulties
The symbol is common through the world. It can represent buildings, facilities and devices taking safety and accessibility for people having seeing difficulties into consideration. In 1884, World Blind Union has established the symbol can see the mark on traffic lights, mails and books etc.
Next, you can see the following symbols in
National symbols for people having some difficulties (Japan)
1. Help Mark(Help Symbol)
Some people who need some help might look like people who do not need some help such as those who use an artificial leg, incurable diseases, depression and pregnant woman. In this case, those people can put the mark on cloth or bag to notify that they need some help.
Then, people having the mark can get some help and people can realize that people having the symbol might need some help even if they are difficult to say to other people that they need some help.
2.Maternity mark(Maternity symbol)
Pregnant women put the symbol on their cloth or bag while using transportation and people can realize the woman is pregnant and help the women such as giving their seats to those women.
3. Ostomate mark(Ostomate symbol)
The symbol can represent facilities for people having artificial bladder and/or anus. The symbol can be seen in front of bathrooms or/and guide board.
4.Symbol for people having physical difficulties
The symbol can be seen on the vehicles; drivers having physical difficulties must put it on the vehicles if those drivers are required to have the symbol when they got the driver license.
5.Symbol for people having hearing difficulties
The symbol can be seen on the vehicles; drivers having hearing difficulties must to put it on the vehicles if those drivers are required to have the mark when they got the driver license.
Hearing difficulties cannot be seen; the symbol made in order to have much better communication. The symbol can be seen on printed matter, announce board and so on.
7.Assistance dog symbol
The symbol is for promotion about accompanying with assistance dogs. Thanks to introducing the low of an assistance dog for physical difficulties, the assistance dogs can accompany at public places, transportation and even private facilities.
8.Heart plus symbol
Internal problems (heart, respiratory function, kidney, bladder, intestine, liver an immune system) cannot be seen; the
symbol was made in order to have much better communication. The mark can be seen on printed matter, announce board and so on.