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Japanese alpine skiers Kano Akira and Takeshi Suzuki attend tea at the Imperial Palace

Japan Sports Association for the Disabled・Japan Paralympic Committee

Yesterday, double 2014 Winter Paralympic gold medalist Kano Akira and 2014 Sochi Paralympic gold and bronze medalist Takeshi Suzuki attended a tea at Japan’s Imperial Palace.

Man in Japanese team suit jacket with two women behind him.

Kano Akira. Image credit: News 24 Japan.


The Emperor, the Empress, Prince Akishino, the prince’s wife and their son hosted the event. 87 people were invited to attend.  Japanese men’s figure skater Hanyu Yuitsuru also attended the event.

Each Sochi athlete was introduced to the royal family along with how they performed in Socho. Both Suzuki  had the opportunity to chat with Empress Michiko, and News 24 Japan reports he was nervous when doing so.   The tea also included a round table event, where Sochi athletes were given an opportunity to speak. Afterward, Kano said he was impressed and pleased to be able to report on the team’s success at the Sochi Games.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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