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#16 "Difference makes things interesting" Featuring Wheelchair dancer Kenta Kambara

At the closing ceremony of the Rio Paralympic Games, Kambara attracted many people with his performance using a wheelchair. When his brother was born, he asked his parents, “Can brother move his leg?” He talks his disability as a “positive resignation”. How did he get started in dance, something that allows him to see his disability as “individuality”? What does he think now that he is married and the father of two children? He talks with MC Hikaru Takahashi and navigator Pakkun.

Guest: Kenta Kambara

  1. Kambara is a freelance wheelchair dancer and circus performer with congenital spina bifida. His dance features include standing upside down on a wheelchair and aerial tricks using his upper body. He is currently active in a wide range of activities, appearing in TV commercials and giving lectures at schools.


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Navigator: Pakkun

  1. Real name Patrick Harlan; born November 14, 1970 in Colorado. After graduating from Harvard University, he came to Japan and formed the comedy duo "Pakkun Makkun" with Makoto Yoshida in 1997. He currently appears on television news programs and tabloid TV show, and has been a part-time lecturer at the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2012.

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MC: Hikaru Takahashi

  1. In 2014, Takahashi won the Grand Prix for the 14th Japan Bishojo Content which led to her debut and immediate success through staring in various corporate commercials. Since then, she has appeared in numerous acclaimed works such as NHK Taiga Drama Onna Joushu Naotora (2017). Other than working as an actor, Takahashi has been active in a variety of fields including radio, television, and fashion.

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