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'Special Olympics' chairman visits Tokyo Gov. Koike, discusses diversity

Chairman of the "Special Olympics" Timothy Shriver, left, talks with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building on Dec. 6, 2016. (Mainichi)

Timothy Shriver, chairman of the international sports tournament for people with intellectual disabilities, or the "Special Olympics," has made a courtesy call on Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, together with a delegation including the president and CEO of Special Olympics Nippon, Yuko Arimori.

    During the visit on Dec. 6, Shriver commented on the importance of Tokyo's drive toward a more inclusive society in which numerous residents support people with intellectual disabilities, in the development of the Special Olympics. He also called for Tokyo to become a role model for other cities in the world.

    Gov. Koike replied by saying, "I value diversity in managing the metropolitan administration. We have created policies designed to help people with disabilities lead more active lives, and we are currently putting those policies into practice."

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