Spotlight explores the attempts being made in Japan to guarantee the Paralympics have a lasting effect for all those living with disabilities.
While the Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place next year due to the coronavirus, training is still going forward in Tokyo, the first city on earth place to host the Paralympics twice.
From her residence to the scene, this visually impaired para-athlete advantages from an urban setting that’s been made to be accessible for everybody. Competition in the Rio Paralympics, for the Tokyo Games, Chiaki was chosen for the two sprint events and the long jump.
Breaking down barriers
For Japan, diversity and inclusion are vital to the achievement of these Games. Tokyo has sought to make complete barrier-free accessibility at major railway stations, bus terminals, and terminals.
She adds: “People are sharing helpful advice for people in wheelchairs, such as the location of bathrooms, restaurants, and lifts. I have a sense that the whole of Japan would like to make the most of the Olympics and Paralympics as a means to change itself…”
Along with the game, organizers are keen to point out that leaving a heritage and sustainable development are all key themes running through those Games. For them it is about passing the advantages to all: equally to present but also future generations around Japan.
Children learn more quickly since they do not discriminate”
Japan is also trying to boost more awareness regarding disability. Including outreach programs for kids.
“Children learn more quickly since they do not discriminate or have a proven mindset. We realized that teaching the children and the children telling the parents is a lot faster than we believed,” says Yasushi Yamawaki, the Chairman of this Nippon Foundation Paralympic Service Center.