- International Communication Center for Persons with Disabilities
Director : Makoto Tsuji
My name is Makoto Tsuji. I have served as the director of the International Communication Center for Persons with Disabilities (the popular name is BiG-i) since May 2011.
BiG-i is a national institute, established in 2001, for the commemoration of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons (1983 - 1992). It reached its 10th anniversary on October 2011.
The inspection of public operations by the Government Revitalization Unit, which was conducted in November 2009, required BiG-i to reform its projects and management.
The government held a meeting for investigation of the comprehensive vision for the International Communication Center for Persons with Disabilities (BiG-i) in response to this requirement, and to take action in relation to changes in the domestic and foreign situation surrounding persons with disabilities.
At this meeting, the basic idea of how to conduct its projects and how to entrust its operations were examined.
The meeting decided to entrust the operation and management of BiG-i to the private sector.
BiG-i cooperative, which consists of three parties, applied for the commission to operate BiG-i. The parties involved are: Osaka Persons with Disabilities Independence Support Association, Daito Biso Co. Ltd., and NICE Co. Ltd. BiG-i cooperative was commissioned by the government to operate and manage BiG-i, and it has served in this capacity since April 2011.
The budget for projects appointed by the government has been reduced, and that makes the situation more severe to certain degree, but flexibility in the self-planning projects has increased.
That enables us to produce, with more creativity, projects in which persons with disabilities play leading roles. Our projects aim to have more people feel closer to us, and to encourage social participation by persons with disabilities.
We would like to contribute to the realization of these aims through events on art and culture, by providing learning and enlightenment projects, with international communication.
From now on, BiG-i will strive to realize the "new basic ideas offered" below, and to conduct projects based on these ideas.
The new basic ideas offered
- (1) Persons with disabilities play the leading role.
- (2) BiG-i promotes the social participation by persons with disabilities through art and cultural activities, and international communication.
- (3) BiG-i tries to be the institute that many people feel close to.
Projects based on the ideas of the institute
- 1 Development of project planning and operation, based on the ideas of BiG-i, and enhancement of the image of the facility
- 2 Participation in project planning by persons with disabilities, and promotion of projects that facilitate communication
- (1) International communication ·International cooperation
- (2) Transmission of information on art and culture by persons with disabilities
- (3) Communication by individuals with all kinds and degrees of disabilities
- (4) Logistics support in large-scale disasters
I will make good-faith efforts to make BiG-i be developed as a base of international communication and social participation by persons with disabilities so that it will be loved and used more frequently by a broad range of the general public, including people with disabilities.
Our staff will sincerely and voluntarily work with a sense of renewal to promote the use of the facility by not only persons with disabilities, but also various people from overseas and people in the local community.
If there is anything that requires improvement, no matter how insignificant it seems, please tell me or the other staff. We would like to work to make it better.
Please look forward to our future projects, and casually visit BiG-i, which has a multipurpose hall with 1,500 seats, meeting rooms for large, medium, small sized gatherings, guest rooms, a restaurant, etc. We hope that you have great fun at BiG-i while utilizing the facilities, either by participating in an event or joining one of our projects as a volunteer.
We would greatly appreciate it if you continue to provide your generous support for our efforts at BiG-i.
- "BiG-i" is the initials of the five words below.
- Big I (myself)
- Big Independence
- Big Information
- Big Intercommunication
- And International
Persons with disabilities not only receive services but also play a leading role in every occasion.
We offer information for persons with disabilities and information on culture supplied by persons with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities on their own perform activities related to international exchanges, art and culture, and engage in social participation.
As we are located near Kansai International Airport, we have many visitors from overseas and thus endeavor to facilitate mutual understanding.
Our symbol, as well as our nickname, represents the wish for "independence of persons with disabilities and facilitation of exchanges beyond international borders". The five motifs represent the five continents.
Established by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Operated by BiG-i cooperative
Location 1-8-1 Chayamadai, Minami-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka-fu
Structure: Reinforced concrete structure
- Dimensions of ground-floor area: approximately 8,000 square meters
- Total floor area: approximately 12,000 square meters
Structure of building
- Multipurpose hall: 1,500 audience seats maximum; 1,000 seats when combining wheelchair spaces and audience seats (300 wheelchair spaces maximum)
- Meeting rooms: Large, Medium, Small
- Guest rooms: 35 rooms (all rooms with bathrooms, 26 Western style rooms, 6 Japanese style rooms, 2 Japanese/Western style rooms, 1 room for severely disabled people
- Restaurant: 50 seats
- Parking: 41 cars indoors, 27 cars outdoors
- Bicycle -parking area: 50 bicycles outdoors
- 9:00 – 21:00 (Reception)
- Restaurant 7:00 – 21:00(Last orders 20:30)
- Guest rooms: Check in 15:00; Check out 11:00 – Open all year round