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Akari Tanaka, 19, is unable to speak or move almost any part of her body due to a genetic neuromuscular disease, but she can still communicate thanks to assistive technology.

Living with spinal muscular atrophy means Tanaka spends most of her days lying in bed at home in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture. She can only move her eyes, fingers and toes.

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