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Man in Wheelchair Succeeds in Solo Paragliding Flight in Japan (News)

Nan'yo, Yamagata Pref., Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—A 67-year-old Japanese man confined to a wheelchair succeeded in a solo paragliding flight on Friday in Nan'yo, Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Suzuki Katsuyoshi prepares to take off in his wheelchair paraglider in Nanyo, Yamagata Prefecture, on November 17, 2017. (© Jiji) After completing his five-minute journey in the air and landing s…
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Tokyo 2020: Building a Positive LegacyNakabushi Tatsuya

Preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are proceeding apace, though various hurdles remain. Even as Japan strives to complete the advance work, it must also look ahead to the legacy of the games, using them to address existing local problems and to develop human resources for the future.
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Josh Grisdale and Accessible Japan: Helping Disabled Visitors Follow Their Travel Dreams

Canadian-born Josh Grisdale has used a wheelchair since he was four years old. For the past decade, he has been living and working in Japan, where he gained citizenship last year. His website Accessible Japan encourages disabled tourists to visit the country by providing information on accessibility and reviews of attractions.
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Harajuku Showroom Looks Ahead to Tokyo 2020 with Official Olympic and Paralympic Goods (Japan in Photos)

A showroom selling official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic goods opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, on September 14, 2017. It will sell T-shirts, badges, and many other goods featuring the logos of the games until late November. It is open every day, apart from Wednesday, from 11 in the morning until 7 in the evening. Photograph shows the press opening on September 13, 2017. (© Jiji)
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Japan Starts Using New Pictogram Signs (News)

Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)—Japan has changed some pictogram signs used on street corners and created new ones, mainly to help foreign visitors get around more easily, the industry ministry said Thursday. A total of 16 new signs were added, including for Wi-Fi wireless Internet access and convenience stores. The designs of seven signs were changed, such as that for parking spaces. The use of…
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Japan to Use Cruise Ships as Hotels during Tokyo Olympics (News)

Tokyo, June 29 (Jiji Press)--The government plans to use cruise liners stopping in Japan as hotels for visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Thursday. The government on Thursday held the first meeting of division head-class officials from related agencies to examine problems that must be resolved to introduce so-called hotel ships, the sources also said. …
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The Issue of Hospitality at the Tokyo ParalympicsSakurai Seiichi

After visiting Brazil as the vice-chair of the Japanese national team at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Sakurai Seiichi says that smiles on the faces of local residents were a key to the Games’ success. Will Japan be able to welcome visitors from around the world with the same warm hospitality at the 2020 Games in Tokyo?
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Japan to Promote Universal Design for Paralympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government will redouble efforts to promote universal design for an inclusive society that is comfortable to everyone regardless of age, nationality and whether one has disability, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The government plans to hold a meeting of cabinet ministers related to the project on Monday and announce an acti…
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Venues

The venues for events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have now been decided. They are listed here, along with details on how to get to each one and other information.
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Architect Kuma Kengo Shares His Thinking Behind Japan’s New National Stadium DesignKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Kuma Kengo made up his mind to become an architect after seeing the Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed by Tange Kenzō for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. And now he has been selected as the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this interview he explains the ideas informing his design.
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