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Obituary: Mark Bookman (1991 – 2022), Japan-based disability studies scholar dies

Mark Bookman PhD, was a historian, whose specialism was disability policy and related social movements in Japanese and global contexts. He studied Japanese Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and at the time of his death on December 16th 2022 he was Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Tokyo.

By Barrier Free Japan

December 18 2022

TOKYO – Mark Bookman PhD, was a historian, whose specialism was disability policy and related social movements in Japanese and global contexts. He studied Japanese Studies at University of Pennsylvania, and at the time of his death on December 16th 2022 he was Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Tokyo.

I forget exactly when I first came into contact with Mark Bookman and I only met Mark once in person, but there were many Zoom and Facebook messenger calls. He was a very focused and determined academic. We co-authored articles for The Japan Times, and at the time of his death, he was talking about a new job at a university in Kyoto. I’ll miss our chats about disability in Japan.

Work featuring or by Mark:

“Paralimited Access (w/Mark Bookman)” via ‘Japan by River Cruise’ https://archive.japanbyrivercruise.com/episodes/paralimited-access-w-mark-bookman

“Paralympics as Possibility” | Mark Bookman | TEDxFulbrightTokyo https://youtu.be/EUvkdhrIgsg

“Beyond the Games: Can the Paralympics’ success spur change?” By Mark Bookman from The Japan Times (September 6 2021) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2021/09/06/commentary/japan-commentary/tokyo-paralympics-legacy/?fbclid=IwAR0FLrDsUzH9VYtFMpDn9nBUZ1mwumHnhaOrwWmERLal-KoOM7FSidi8xnA#lbrwuv5e8d5bphr84xh

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