An analysis of the policy making process for disability sport in Japan and the United Kingdom: 2012 – 2020

  • Postlethwaite, Verity (PI)
  • Tanaka , Nobuko (CoI)

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Between March and July 2019, I spent four months in the Kanagawa prefecture at Toin University of Yokohama in the Faculty of Culture and Sport Policy. During that time, I worked with Prof. Nobuko Tanaka who is a world-recognised researcher in sport policy and disability studies. For a number of years the University of Worcester, where I completed my doctorate, has partnered with Prof. Tanaka as part of preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the time of the fellowship, I collected data about the Japanese policy making process for disability sport, including official materials (e.g. Japanese Government policies), mass media materials (e.g. website and newspaper articles), and semi-structured interviews (i.e. Paralympic and disability sport individuals connected to the policy making process).

Key findings

Title of Research in Japan: An analysis of the policy making process for disability sport in Japan and the United Kingdom: 2012 – 2020 Between March and July 2019, I spent four months in the Kanagawa prefecture at Toin University of Yokohama. During that time, I worked with Prof. Nobuko Tanaka who is a world-recognised researcher in sport policy and disability studies. For a number of years the University of Worcester, where I completed my doctorate, has partnered with Prof. Tanaka as part of preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the time of the fellowship, I collected data about the Japanese policy making process for disability sport, including official materials (e.g. Japanese Government policies), mass media materials (e.g. website and newspaper articles), and semi-structured interviews (i.e. Paralympic and disability sport individuals connected to the policy making process).

The main findings from the fellowship were:
• The difference in language affects the way UK and Japanese individuals conceptualise and discuss policy around: the Paralympics, para-sport, disability sport, and disability.
• International agreements and hosting sport mega-events have a similar influence on UK and Japanese policy making process, but the pace to which the countries change policy is different. For example, the United Nations Conventions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and the pace of ratification (UK, 2009; Japan, 2014).
• Both the UK and Japan are significantly influenced by historic connections to the Stoke Mandeville Games (origins of the Paralympic movement) but more needs to be done to understand how UK and Japanese policy has been influenced by the historic connections.
StatusNot started

Funding

  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: £8,000.00

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