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With his heart full of gratitude to those who have supported him, YAMADA Shoto, a fourth-year student at the Faculty of Law, performed an important duty as a torchbearer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Updated Jul. 30, 2021
YAMADA Shoto, a totally blind fourth-year student at the Faculty of Law, was selected as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and carried out this important duty in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, in sunny weather on Sunday, April 11. The escort runner was YASUNO Imari (in the fourth year at the Faculty of Social Studies), who serves as a guide for YAMADA on a routine basis as a support staff member at the Division of Student Diversity and Accessibility Support.
YAMADA, who is handicapped by congenital blindness, applied to become a torchbearer in the hope that teachers, friends and neighbors who have supported him would see him running toward the future, and also that he would become a bridge between able-bodied people and physically disabled people.
Receiving a big hand from people along the route, YAMADA sometimes looked shy and YASUNO ran with him with a bursting smile. The glow of the torch, which was “heavier than expected” (said YAMADA), and the glow of the two runners linked by the “kizuna” rope were impressive.
YAMADA Shoto, a totally blind fourth-year student at the Faculty of Law, was selected as a torchbearer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and carried out this important duty in Sakurai City, Nara Prefecture, in sunny weather on Sunday, April 11. The escort runner was YASUNO Imari (in the fourth year at the Faculty of Social Studies), who serves as a guide for YAMADA on a routine basis as a support staff member at the Division of Student Diversity and Accessibility Support.
YAMADA, who is handicapped by congenital blindness, applied to become a torchbearer in the hope that teachers, friends and neighbors who have supported him would see him running toward the future, and also that he would become a bridge between able-bodied people and physically disabled people.
Receiving a big hand from people along the route, YAMADA sometimes looked shy and YASUNO ran with him with a bursting smile. The glow of the torch, which was “heavier than expected” (said YAMADA), and the glow of the two runners linked by the “kizuna” rope were impressive.
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Division of Student Diversity and Accessibility Support
 Imadegawa Campus Telephone : +81-75-251-3273
 Kyotanabe Campus Telephone : +81-774-65-7411