The 26-year-old author of a best-selling book about life without normal limbs has acquired a driver’s license.
Hirotada Ototake, whose 1998 autobiography “Gotai Fumanzoku” (“No One’s Perfect”) sold 5 million copies, said he felt a sense of fulfillment in acquiring a license.
His achievement will be detailed in a documentary to be broadcast Friday on TBS.
Ototake, a sports writer born with extremely stunted limbs, broke the news at a launch event for the documentary earlier this week.
“I don’t intend to act as a representative of the disabled, but I do intend to drive responsibly,” said Ototake, who has a degree in political science from Waseda University in Tokyo.
During the examinations for temporary and full licenses, Ototake said he used a car equipped with levers. He passed both tests on the first attempt.
After the license was issued to him late last month, he immediately drove from Tokyo to Sendai.
In June, the Road Traffic Law was revised to allow hearing and mentally impaired people to take license tests based on certain eligibility standards.
Following the success of “No One’s Perfect,” Ototake has appeared often on television, making humorous comments about the obstacles that disabled people have to face.
His book has been translated into several languages, including English, Korean, Chinese and French.
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