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Japan Photo Journal: Lighting the way

(Mainichi/Masahiro Ogawa)

Tokyo Skytree in the capital's Sumida Ward and Osaka Castle in the western Japan city's Chuo Ward are lit up in blue on April 2, 2019, to mark World Autism Awareness Day as designated by the United Nations. Many facilities across Japan were lit up in blue on the day to symbolize the movement. In an open area in front of Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward, organizations that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities set up booths to promote their activities to the public. The nonprofit organization Advanced Developmental Disorders Support (ADDS) offered visitors a chance to experience acoustic hyperesthesia and awkwardness with their fingers, which are characteristics of autism. Airi Kato, 32, of ADDS, said, "Social understanding can remove difficulties (for people with disabilities). I hope people will learn about the world of those with autism."

    (Japanese original by Aya Shiota, General Digital News Center, and Koji Endo, Osaka City News Department)

    (Mainichi/Rei Kubo)

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