During this program, I was aware of the importance of developing early-career researchers and this point is one of the significant key targets of this project. The Paralympic/disability sports research in Japan has processed gradually. Especially, in terms of social science, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been affected by the demand for Paralympic/disability sports research. So far, research on disability sports in Japan has been accumulated in the natural sciences such as rehabilitation. The decision to host the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has increased interest in the Paralympic Games and disability sports, but it has been pointed out that academic accumulation after 2020 is more important I think. In particular, there are very few studies that critically consider disability sports policy and the Paralympic Games legacy. So I am really interested in this topic, Policy and Legacy.
Sport Mega-Events aim to bring social change, for example economic, environmental and social aspects and these Mega-Events triggered a lot of policy and institutional changes. In the case of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) holds jurisdiction over disability sports, while the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) holds jurisdiction over the non-disabled sports. The enactment of the Sports Basic Act in June 2011 led to the enhancement of the discussion that sports both for/of the non-disabled and the disabled are promoted by the same ministry. With this formulation, a variety of institutional and systematic changes occurred in Japan. I think researchers in this field have to monitor and evaluate such policy changes. In addition, I hope that many early-career researchers become interested in this topic.