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Opinion on Tokyo 2020 Olympics enhancing empathy for disabled people Japan 2019

In a survey conducted in December 2019, close to 43 percent of Japanese respondents stated that the 2020 Olympics being hosted by Tokyo would have a positive impact on improving their understanding of or interest in people with disabilities. With another approximately 40 percent agreeing to the statement, an overall majority of around 83 percent foresaw this effect of the 2020 Olympics.

The Summer Olympics were scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August in 2020, being held for the second time in the Japanese capital.

Share of people in Japan who agreed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics would improve their understanding of people with disabilities as of December 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

December 5 to December 15, 2019

Number of respondents

1,632 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

among respondents with Japanese citizenship; only one answer allowed

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Do you think Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will help deepen your personal understanding of or interest in people with disability?"

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