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Wednesday, 3rd April 2013
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Japan honours World Autism Awareness Day

Japan's capital city marked World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on Tuesday April 2nd by illuminating the so-called Tokyo Tower in blue lights.

The event saw more than 40 towers and buildings across the country illuminated, including the Tsutenkaku structure in Osaka and Tokyo Skytree, a relatively new landmark in the city.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, blue is used during the event as it is a colour which autistic children respond well to.

Now in its fourth year, WAAD is recognised by 90 countries with over 7,000 structures and landmarks lit up to honour the event.

In America, iconic structures including the Empire State Building and the George Washington Bridge were illuminated, while Niagara Falls in Canada and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai were bathed in blue for the occasion.

The initiative is designed to raise funds and increase awareness of autism across the globe.

Written by Mark Smith