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True Colors CHANNEL #19

#19 Featuring Dancer with white cane MORIKO JAPAN "Leave No One Behind"

MORIKO JAPAN was puzzled because he could not find his mother to pick her up from kindergarten. As a child, he would trip over steps and crash into window panes, but he thought it was just “carelessness.” However, the diagnosis he received as an adult was retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive and incurable disease. He has now lost about 99% of his vision. There are things that he could do a year ago that he can no longer do now. The symptoms of his illness change from day to day. He worked hard and became a pharmacist, but is sometimes discriminated against. He was supported by breakdancing and his friends. He talks with MC Hikaru Takahashi and navigator Manabe Kawori.

Guest: MORIKO JAPAN

  1. Dancer with white cane.
    He has retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease. Working as a pharmacist, he is also active in many fields of breakdance using a white cane. He aims to spread understanding of people with disabilities through his performances.
    He was a backup dancer for "neo NATION Zeebra Live" and performed at the closing ceremony of "the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics". Performed “Matsuken Samba II" in the 72nd "Kohaku Uta Gassen 2021"

     Twitter:@BLIND_BBOY_MJ
     Instagram:@blind_morikojapan
     YouTube:MORIKO JAPAN / Visually impaired dancer

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Navigator: Manabe Kawori

  1. Manabe was born on May 31, 1980 in Saijo, Ehime, Japan and graduated from Yokohama National University. She began her talent show career while still in college.
    She has been addicted to traveling alone abroad since the age of 30, visiting more than 20 countries and regions. Her book about her travel experiences also became a topic of discussion. She is also very versatile, having acquired cheese and wine certifications as a hobby, and currently teaches at the prestigious Académie du Vin, a wine school originating in Paris.

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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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