Researchers from the University of South Australia and Nagoya University in Japan got together to compare accessible transportation between the two countries. Japan has the oldest population in the world, and Australia is following quickly behind. This article is based on a recent survey of older South Australians and in-depth discussions with key stakeholders in Australia and Japan. The study sheds light on policy implications and the prevailing laws in Japan.
Mobility scooters are included in the study as these mobility devices are often favoured over powered wheelchairs by older people. The Discussion section is divided into two sections: The Australian Perspective and the Japanese Perspective. Universal design is a major feature in the article – a concept well established in Japan.