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Kaneki Emi: Sitting Volleyball Playmaker Is Ambassador for the SportYoshii Taeko

Japanese national team member Kaneki Emi was 18 when she developed osteosarcoma, which left her with a disability. As part of her rehabilitation, she encountered sitting volleyball and found that she really enjoyed it. Getting ready to face strong teams from the United States, China, and other countries, Kaneki is fired up and hopes to do well with her team at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
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Tani Mami: Iron Paralympian with a Heart of GoldYoshii Taeko

Tani Mami lost her right leg to osteosarcoma during college. She has since competed in three Paralympic Games with a prosthetic limb in the long jump. Now married and with a son, she is busy training for the 2020 Games in Tokyo in the much more physically demanding paratriathlon.
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Alpine Skier Muraoka Momoka Wins First Paralympic Gold for Japan in Pyeonchang (Japan in Photos)

Muraoka Momoka shows off her gold medal for giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on March 15, 2018. As well as securing Japan’s first gold at the games, she has won a silver and two bronze medals in other alpine skiing events. (© Jiji)
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Checkered Pattern Characters Picked as 2020 Games Mascots (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)—The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said Wednesday that the characters with traditional kumi ichimatsumon checkered patterns were chosen as mascots for the quadrennial sporting events. The characters, chosen from three pairs of candidates, topped ballots at Japanese elementary schools with 109,041 votes. Each class had one vote. …
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Nagashima Osamu: Shuttling Between Badminton and R&DYoshii Taeko

Badminton will become an official Paralympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Games. While working as a researcher of stain-resistant technology at Lixil, a leading maker of sanitary ware and other home products, Nagashima Osamu is also busily preparing for the 2020 Games as one of the world’s highest-ranked para-badminton players.
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Abe Signals Intent to Skip Pyeongchang Olympics (News)

Sofia, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Monday signaled he does not plan to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea next month, citing budget deliberations at an upcoming session of the Diet, Japan's parliament. "I'll consider it, while looking at the schedule of the Diet," which will start an ordinary session later this month, Abe told reporters in Sofia, Bulga…
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Japan to Boost Quake-Linked Info for Foreigners in Tokyo Games (News)

Rio de Janeiro, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)—Japan will strengthen efforts to disseminate information on its anti-earthquake measures in multiple languages for visitors from abroad during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Suzuki Shun'ichi, minister in charge of the Tokyo Games, said Monday. Japan has already run simulations and designated evacuation locations in preparation for possible earthquak…
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Final Candidate Mascots for 2020 Tokyo Games Unveiled (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)—The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unveiled Thursday the final three pairs of candidates for the quadrennial sporting events' mascots. The final three pairs of Tokyo 2020 mascot candidates are unveiled at an elementary school in Shibuya, Tokyo, on December 7, 2017. (© Jiji) A wining pair will be announced on February 28 next year, …
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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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