Greetings from the Chairperson

The Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation (abbreviated as "Eco-Mo Foundation") was established as the Foundation for Promoting Amenities of Transport with the help of the Nippon Foundation and other organizations concerned in 1994, and it started to use the current name in 1997 when it expanded its operations by adding the environmental measure program in the field of transport to the barrier-free transport promotion program and 4/1/2012 The Prime Minister accredited and transitioned to the Public Interest Incorporated Association.

Japan has been facing various issues in the 21st century. In the field of transport, there are growing demands for more than just fast and safe transport; rather, transport system is required to be safe and without anxiety for all people and to be in harmony with the global environment.

Concerning barrier-free promotion program, we have made efforts to promote barrier-free transport using both soft and hard measures. We have equipped barrie-free facilities in railway stations and passenger vessels. At the same time, we have carried out awareness campaigns, provided information and conducted research intended to help the elderly and the disabled to move safety and comfortably.

In 2006, Law for Promoting Mobility and Accessibility for the Aged and the Disabled and others came into effect, which was formulated by combining Law for Promoting Easily Accessible Public Transport Infrastructure for the Aged and the Disabled and Law on Buildings Accessible and Usable by the Elderly and Physically Handicapped(Heartful Building Law)under the concept of universal design. Accordingly, we will make further efforts to realize accessible mobility.

In the field of environmental transport promotion, we have encouraged people to drive with ecology in mind, and we issue Green Management Certification in the transport enterprises such as trucks, buses, and taxies which make efforts to do business friendly to environment as a specific program to help reduce environmental load. We will make utmost efforts to promote barrier-free programs and environmental measures programs in the transport and related fields in close cooperation with others concerned. We would appreciate your continued support.

Satoshi Iwamura,Chairperson
Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation