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While some are looking for big rewards from the swell of interest to come from the Tokyo Paralympics, Toshiro Ueda is convinced a brighter future for people with disabilities — and society as a whole — is built through the acts of one individual at a time.

Ueda, the chairman of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s disabled sports council, began his career during his university days. A chance encounter, when asked to teach swimming to those with disabilities, changed his life.

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