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Barrier-free tours on the rise ahead of 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

National Feb 23, 2015

Barrier-free tours on the rise ahead of 2020 Tokyo Paralympics

Sightseeing venues and other tourism businesses are expanding preparations for tours that cater to people with physical disabilities and elderly people ahead of the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020. "I was able to visit places I have wanted to see," a woman in her ...

Badges for 'invisible disabilities' catching on

National Jun 2, 2014

Badges for 'invisible disabilities' catching on

Patients with hidden physical impediments — internal conditions not immediately recognizable by others — are increasingly wearing badges as they try to increase awareness of the difficulties they face. "In all my life, I have never once been able to run," said Nobuyo Shirai, 45, ...