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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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A Life of Prayer: Kanazawa Shōko (Video)

Kanazawa Shōko is a woman with Down syndrome. She is also an acclaimed calligraphy artist and held a major solo exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum from September 23 to 30. Her works have been shown at over 280 locations since her professional debut 12 years ago at age 20, and they have attracted over a million visitors.
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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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A Room of Her Own: Kanazawa Shōko (Video)

A video look at the daily life of calligrapher Kanazawa Shōko, who has moved out of the family home and now lives by herself in a residential section of Tokyo.
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At Home With Calligrapher Kanazawa Shōko: Down Syndrome and Independence

Kanazawa Shōko is an acclaimed calligraphy artist with Down syndrome. At the age of 30 she moved into an apartment to live alone—another feat that most people would consider impossible for someone with her disability. We take a peek at her daily life in a residential district of 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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Kanazawa Shōko: Woman with Down Syndrome Becomes Top CalligrapherKatō Chiaki

Kanazawa Shōko was born with Down syndrome but is today one of Japan’s most acclaimed calligraphy artists. The love and warmth with which she was raised have helped to turn the tears of her childhood into the applause and adulation of fans worldwide.
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