July 23, 2012 at the send-off event for the Japanese National Team of the London 2012 Paralympic Games
"I believe that by seeing your spirit - regardless of your circumstances - of never giving up, never being discouraged, and never feeling defeated, along with the techniques and strength you have acquired through training day in and day out, the public will be able to reap dreams and courage and inspiration. In particular, I believe that among the people now earnestly engaged in the reconstruction of the disaster areas, there are many who identify with you and support you. I very much hope that you find success in a way that will serve as an encouragement for those people. As these are the Games, I hope you achieve an excellent performance. I hope that you also earn medals upon medals upon medals. At the same time, I would also like to express my great expectations that you develop friendship with sports-loving people and deepen those interactions."