Hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt, who resides in Kobe, Japan, the Disability News Japan Podcast is News website 'Barrier Free Japan's podcast, a weekly digest of some of the news about disability in Japan in audio form. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 6am Japan Time.
Toyota’s Driverless Bus Restarts in Paralympic Village After Injury & Aghanistan's Athletes Compete
Toyota Motor Corp re-started running its driverless buses again in the athletes’ village in Tokyo on Tuesday 31st August with improved safety measures after they have been stopped since an accident last week involving a visually impaired Paralympian.
The suspension was made after one of Toyota’s e-Palette autonomous electric buses hit a Paralympian, Japanese judoka Aramitsu Kitazono, who was trying to cross an intersection in the village, around 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Afghan athlete Hossain Rasouli competed in a long jump event on Tuesday at the Tokyo Paralympics after recently being evacuated from his home country, now under the control of the Taliban.
'Overseas' Person Involved with Paralympics with COVID Hospitalized & Afghan Paralympians Evacuated
A person involved in the Tokyo Paralympics has been hospitalized with COVID-19, the games organizing committee said Thursday, the first of such case linked to the event.
In confirming the hospitalization, organizers were keen to reiterate that the largest sporting event for athletes with disabilities is being held safely.
A person from overseas linked with the Paralympics, but not an athlete, has been hospitalized after testing positive on Monday for the coronavirus. The patient is not displaying severe symptoms, committee spokesman Masanori Takaya said:
Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the country, the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday, declining to specify their destination.
The two taekwondo athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, were originally due to represent their country at the Tokyo Paralympics
But with the swift fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the pair were among the tens of thousands trapped and unable to leave the country.
Before the Games began, the IPC confirmed that the athletes would no longer be able to compete, and the Afghan flag featured at Tuesday’s opening ceremony in a symbolic fashion only, carried by a volunteer.
“Efforts have been made to remove them from Afghanistan, they are now in a safe place,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence said Wednesday.
“I’m not going to tell you where they are because this isn’t about sport, this is about human life and keeping people safe.”
Spence said the pair would not be competing at the Games, and their focus at the moment was on their well-being.
“Obviously they’ve been through a very traumatic process, they’re undergoing counseling and psychological help,” he told reporters.
“We are being kept in the loop about their whereabouts and their well-being”:
Children Start Watching Tokyo Paralympics At Venues
Japan started a special program Wednesday to allow schoolchildren to view Tokyo Paralympic events at venues as an exception to the policy of holding the Games without spectators.
Participating children showed up at venues in and outside Tokyo, showing their support for Paralympians without uttering a sound.
Meanwhile, schools are divided over whether to participate in the program. A growing number of schools have decided not to take part amid the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Afghanistan National Flag Displayed at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony
The Tokyo Paralympics’ opening ceremony included the flag of Afghanistan as a “sign of solidarity” since athletes from the country will not be able to compete against their wishes, a top official said Monday.
Two athletes from Afghanistan, female para-taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and male track athlete Hossain Rasouli, were expected to compete at the Paralympics, involving up to about 4,400 participants from roughly 160 countries and regions.
As Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Approaches, the #WeThe15 Disability Inclusiveness Campaign Begins
The International Paralympic Committee, along with dozens of other major organizations, has launched an advertising campaign entitled WeThe15.
The #WeThe15 Campaign was launched on August 19 2021 just before opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
'WeThe15' is a global movement, which was founded by a coalition of organisations from sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment, uniting to change attitudes and create more opportunities for persons with disabilities, as well as improve mobility and accessibility.
‘WeThe15’ plans to initiate change over the next decade by bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the world of sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment.
WeThe15 Website: https://www.wethe15.org
Musician fired from Tokyo 2020, boasted of assaulting disabled is removed from Fuji Rock line-up
The musician Keigo Oyamada has been removed from the line-up at the prestigious music festival ‘Fuji Rock’.
Keigo ‘Cornelius’ Oyamada, who confessed and apologized for forcing his classmates who had disabilities to eat their own faeces and masturbate in public, was to play as part of the band ‘Metafive’ on Friday August 20th and on the ‘Green stage’ on Saturday 21st August, in his solo capacity as ‘Cornelius’ at the popular music festival.