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Dreams on a Tandem Bike


タンデム自転車に夢を乗せて~あなたとわたしと風と~ [EBC]

|Length : 47min |Year : 2021

A boy with cerebral palsy excitedly riding a bike. A blind man training to compete in a triathlon. These are just two of many people whose lives have been changed by being introduced to the wonders of the tandem bike. Kaoru Tsuga of Ehime, Japan, is a woman who began working to promote the use of tandem bikes in 2010. She and her husband, who was blind, shared the dream of one day riding a tandem together, but sadly, her husband passed away before they could make that dream a reality. But now, she works to introduce the fun of riding to people with all sorts of disabilities. It is her wish that by helping disabled people discover they can ride something they never thought they could, she can broaden their possibilities and help them realize they can overcome the social barriers between disabled and non-disabled people.

“Yorisoi” Coming Together A Deaf Doctor’s Story


よりそい~静寂と生きる難聴医師 2020秋篇 [CBC]

|Length : 55min |Year : 2021

There are only 11 doctors in Japan with hearing disabilities.

Doctor Ryuji Imagawa (34), who works in Mie Prefecture, has not been able to hear most sounds ever since he was born.
He admired Doctor “Black Jack”, a protagonist in a manga series when he was young. However, Japan’s Medical Practitioners Act stated that “anyone who is blind, deaf, or mute will not be granted a license to practice medicine”.
Still, in 2001, the act was deemed discriminatory, and the words “deaf person” was omitted. This became his turning point, which allowed his dream of becoming a doctor come true. Today, he has been working diligently.

Through following the daily life of Dr. Imagawa, who reads lips when inspecting his patients, we hoped to ask what is important in the medical scene as well as our daily lives, during a time of worldwide discomfort in the wake of COVID-19.

Beyond the Off-Road ~A Mobile Clinic Makes its Way through Terrain~


道なき道の彼方へ ~へき地を診る医師~

|Length : 47 |Year : 2019

The republic of Zanbia right in center of Southern Africa,about 1300km from Japan
Population is about 16million and one of the poorest countries in the world
Dr.Yamamoto runs a traveling clinic in the remote areas here where many huts only have straw roots,there are on schools,hospitals or electricity.
Malaria,the common tropical disease caused by parasites and conveyed by femaole
It can cause high fever ,nausea,coma and kidney failure
It kills more than 400,000people yearly,but the death toll has decreasing since Dr.yamamoto
Started her crusade.She was born and brought up in Miyazaki Japan
Her junior high school dream came true.She worked first as a local GP then because a
Medical officer for the WHO. In 2010 she acquired a medical license in Zambia
Despite her harsh situation, she never gives up on the patients.

His Scalpel Has Saved 10,000 Souls


魂のメス ~1万人の命を救った小児外科医~ [MBS]

|Length : 50min. |Year : 2010

In Myanmar, where the infant mortality rate is extremely high, there is a Japanese pediatrician who has been performing very delicate surgeries, free of charge. His name is Hideto Yoshioka. He, along with his staff of over a hundred supporting doctors and nurses of the international medical volunteer organization, "Japan Heart," has been providing medical services to those in need, children and adults alike, from their base. In their operating room, where the temperatures rise above 40 degrees Celsius in summer, and when power failures occur, they have no other choice but to use flashlights to see by, they have performed 1000 surgeries a year, and have saved over 10,000 lives. When asked what motivates him the most to practice medicine, Yoshioka said, "In a word, I do it in order to reaffirm the value of my existence. I find the highest value of my existence here (in Myanmar)." He goes as far as to say, "Even if I cannot save someone's life, I want to save their soul, so that they'll feel glad to have been born."

Fight Against AIDS – Japanese Nurse in Africa


寄りそっていたい 看護師・徳永瑞子の夢 [RKB]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2009

Sixty-year old Mizuko Tokunaga from Fukuoka Prefecture is President of Amis d'Afrique, a non-governmental organization (NGO) participating in activities on preventing the spread of HIV in Central Africa. She is also a nurse and a professor of international nursing at a university. At the age of 23, she left Japan to start a career in medical services in former Zaire. In 1991, she established the organization Amis d'Afrique after losing many of her African friends to AIDS. The organization is involved in food aid, medical aid, educational aid and support for self-reliance, as well as support for malnourished children and children suffering from AIDS. Amis d'Afrique also provides on-site educational sessions aiming at preventing the spread of HIV. In 2005, Tokunaga received the Florence Nightingale Medal in Geneva.

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