A former TV Asahi Corp. announcer is working to raise awareness of Down syndrome in children. She has a 2-year-old boy with the condition.

Freelance TV professional Airi Ryuen believes parents in Japan find it hard to obtain support.

On March 21, she served as the moderator at several events focused on people who have the genetic condition. The United Nations has designated March 21 as "World Down Syndrome Day" because people with the syndrome have three copies of the 21st chromosome instead of the usual two.