Welcome to Kobe


Kobe is a port city that has prospered as one of Japan's leading international trading ports. Since the opening of "Kobe Port" in 1868, it has developed as a gateway connecting various parts of Japan with other countries, and from the accumulation of these connections, a unique open, bright and enterprising spirit flows throughout the city. Although Kobe was severely damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in1995, it has been largely rebuilt with support from both home and abroad. In recent years, various projects such as the implementation of the world's first retinal sheet transplantation operation using iPS cells, the formation of medical clusters (highly specialised hospitals, etc.), and the operation of the supercomputer "Fugaku" have progressed, and new growth continues in many areas.

Para Sports and Kobe

Other than the Paralympic Games, Japan has participated in the Fespic Games (former Far East and South Pacific Games Federation for the Disabled). Dr. Yutaka Nakamura, who is known as the “father of the Japanese Paralympic Games,” proposed and realized this event to improve the welfare of people with disabilities in Asia and the South Pacific through sports. Oita and Beppu), the event was held until the 9th tournament in 2006 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) with the aim of promoting parasports in the Asia-South Pacific. Its philosophy and achievements have been passed down to the present day as the Asian Para Games. In 1989, the 5th tournament was held in Kobe, which triggered the establishment of para sports clubs such as swimming, wheelchair tennis, and para table tennis in Kobe, and the Japanese women's wheelchair basketball championship continued. and its legacy continues today.

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