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Barrier-free design is the key to regional revitalization: Host towns gather for a summit in Iizuka in preparation for the Tokyo Paralympics

Masakazu Nakamura, Sankei Shimbun Staff Writer   The heads of 30 local governments, involved in efforts to use next summer’s Tokyo Paralympics as an opportunity to create communities where everyone can live easily, met at the Inclusive Society Host Town Summit held in Iizuka City, Fukuoka on October 20. Introducing pioneering examples from around the country, the participants exchanged views about topics such as how barrier-free …

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The joy of running again with sport prosthetics Athletics class for people with disabilities by the Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Department of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology of the Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW) in Kita-ku, Niigata City, loans out sport prosthetic legs for an athletics class for people with lower limb disabilities, such as above the knee amputations. Participants made comments such as “Running for the first time in decades brought tears to my eyes,” as they were able to experience running …

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The Paralympics, moving towards an inclusive society

Feeling like a member of society, providing hope and teaching about accomplishments  “Birthplace of Para Sports” As of August 25, there is only one year left until the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics begin. The 1964 Tokyo Paralympics were held thanks to the efforts of Dr. Yutaka Nakamura, founder of Japan Sun Industries, a social welfare organization, in Uchikamado, Beppu, Oita Prefecture, and were a major step forward …

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Blossoming Hokkaido snow-cooling technology set to beat heat during Tokyo Olympics

It’s midsummer, and while temperatures in Tokyo are a wilting 35 C, in the capital’s upmarket Ginza district there’s snow on the ground. Passersby, some holding fans and dressed in yukata – Japan’s traditional summertime kimono – stop to take selfies, while young children seize the opportunity to enjoy a bit of natural chill, even a snowball fight.    “It feels really good,” said one as she …

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Children of a surfing town learning about marine plastics

Ichinomiya Town, Chiba is located about 70 kilometers from central Tokyo, on the Pacific coast, and 600,000 surfers visit there every year for its quality waves. The waves along Tsurigasaki Beach in particular are said to be world class, and it has been chosen as the venue for surfing, which will be an official event for the first time in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With a …

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Go for it! JGAP at Tokyo 2020

 Some high school students are aiming for JGAP at Tokyo 2020, to provide ingredients that athletes will rave about at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in two years. JGAP certification is necessary in order to provide ingredients for Tokyo 2020. Therefore, in the fiscal year of 2018, Fukushima Prefectural Fukushima Meisei High School acquired JGAP, which is a Japanese certification, for a variety of items, including tomatoes, …

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[Media Invitation] World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2019 in Sendai

 The World Bosai Forum in partnership with the International Disaster and Risk Conferences (IDRC), a conference held in Davos, Switzerland will bring together industry, government, academia, and people involved in disaster risk reduction (DRR) from all over the world in this Japan-born (Sendai⋆-born) international forum.  This international forum is open to and encourages the participation of members of the general public not just professionals in this …

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