The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
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Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center

An exciting window into the world of parasports in Japan leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Great strides have been made in recent years regarding Japan’s acceptance of disabled individuals. Barrier-free access is slowly becoming the norm, particularly on public transportation, and those with physical disabilities maintain a larger public presence.
The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, founded in 2015, has played a strong role in this trend. They host over 1,000 programs a year to educate and engage the public regarding the lives and rights of people with disabilities, particularly how they relate to parasports. Their home office in Minato-ku, Tokyo, is a barrier-free facility with office space for representatives from each Paralympic sport. They also provide services such as accounting, outreach, and event planning.
According to Nao Ozawa, CEO of The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, diversity is essential to the growth and progress of human society, including the kind of diversity of society by the inclusion of disabled individuals. “The most important thing,” he says, “is to not separate disabled and able-bodied societies.” “If society was fully integrated,” he continues, “there would be no need for these kinds of programs.” This is the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center’s ultimate goal.
There are 22 Paralympic sports planned for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Football 5-a-side, and the ever-popular Wheelchair Basketball. That’s more than enough opportunities for fans and newcomers alike to get involved.

The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
In 2018 the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center opened the Nippon Foundation Para Arena at Tokyo Harbor. It is Tokyo’s only dedicated, disabled persons’ athletic training facility.
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The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
Para-athletes visit schools and demonstrate their sports directly in the Asuchalle! School* program.
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The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
Asuchalle! Sports Day* is an interactive sporting event for participants in a variety of environments.
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The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
For university students and above, Asuchalle! Academy* is an interactive lecture and workshop series for informing the public about the experiences of the disabled.
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The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
Asuchalle! Messenger* features lectures by para-athletes given in professional environments.
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Promotional materials on display at the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, including information on their Find my Parasports app, and a detailed model of the Nippon Foundation Para Arena.
The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center
The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center created a dedicated, barrier-free office space for the various Paralympic national sports federations. So far, 29 organizations have settled there. Para athletes, staff and officials share an undivided, open-plan office. The universal design encourages communication among the different federations.
Artwork symbolizing diversity, displayed in the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center lobby.

The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center provides education for children and training programs for adults.
As an active athlete and instructor, I conduct these programs throughout Japan with the aim of promoting diversity and inclusion through para sports.