TOKYO -- Masatane Muto was told he had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease that gradually immobilizes the muscles in the entire body, in October 2014, when he was 27 years old.
At the time, the Los Angeles-born, Tokyo-raised Muto was working for a major advertising firm and had big plans for the future. The ALS diagnosis may have changed those career plans, but it has not kept him from being productive. Even after he began showing symptoms of the disease, he has continued work as a designer of new products and services. And in 2016 Muto founded a group to support ALS patients in their daily lives, and hopes to realize a society without barriers between disabled and able-bodied people.