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Doctor and Researchers use Japanese Strategy Game Go to Help Children with Developmental Disabilities

July 26, 2018

In a new approach to helping children with developmental disabilities, one doctor and go enthusiast has been using the strategy game in rehabilitation activities for the children. Doctor Toru Masaoka, 85, is head of Kansai Kiin, an association of professional go players in Osaka, and has been piloting "go therapy" with the children. Recently he began collecting medical data on the approach. "I hope we can cooperate internationally to better understand the effects of go," Masaoka said. The leukemia specialist, who served as the chief of the Japan Marrow Donor Program and adviser to the Osaka International Cancer Institute, assumed the top post with Kansai Kiin in June last year. Read More