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More Than Medals: A History of the Paralympics and Disability Sports in Postwar Japan

Dennis J. Frost


How does a small provincial city in southern Japan become the site of a world-famous wheelchair marathon that has been attracting the best international athletes since 1981? This book answers the question and addresses the histories of individuals, institutions, and events — the 1964 Paralympics, the FESPIC Games, the Ōita International Wheelchair Marathon, the Nagano Winter Paralympics, and the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games that played important roles in the development of disability sports in Japan. Sporting events in the postwar era, the book shows, have repeatedly served as forums for addressing ... More

Keywords: wheelchair marathon, 1964 Paralympics, FESPIC Games, Nagano Winter Paralympics, Tokyo Summer Games, disability sports, Japanese society, Japanese athletes, postwar Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501753084
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501753084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dennis J. Frost, author
Kalamazoo College