Disabled Japanese Are Often Invisible. Will Paralympics Bring Lasting Light? – The New York Times

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Yuto Hirano, a Paralympic volunteer, said that he sometimes encountered unexpected barriers at buildings in Tokyo billed as accessible.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Disabled Japanese Are Often Invisible. Will Paralympics Bring Lasting Light?

Tokyo improved its infrastructure before the Games, but activists wonder how long the focus will continue in a country with a long history of excluding people with disabilities.

Yuto Hirano, a Paralympic volunteer, said that he sometimes encountered unexpected barriers at buildings in Tokyo billed as accessible.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

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By Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida

  • Published Sept. 3, 2021Updated Sept. 29, 2021

TOKYO — Before ushering in the Paralympic Games, Tokyo undertook a wave of projects to make itself more accessible to people with disabilities. Nearly all train stations now have elevators, and some have safety barriers along [...]

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