The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force
In 2012, the year before Tokyo was selected as host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a specialist committee was set up by the Tokyo Bid Committee at the time. This committee consisted of representatives from organisations affiliated with the JOC, the JPC, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the three prefectures affected by the 2011 disaster. The committee’s role was to consider possible projects to stimulate revitalisation in the affected prefectures in the event that the Tokyo bid were to succeed. The committee summarised their conclusions in a report, available from the following link. (December 2012 http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/INET/OSHIRASE/2012/12/20mcd500.htm ）
In December 2013, the following year, it was announced that Tokyo had been selected as host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Subsequently, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-Related Task Force was set up, chaired by the Governor of Fukushima, in order to maximise the benefits of hosting the Tokyo Games on revitalisation in Fukushima.
First Meeting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force
On Monday, January 20th 2014, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force convened for the first time, chaired by the Governor of Fukushima.
Hereafter, the Task Force will work in close cooperation with other departments to carry out 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects in support of the recovery of areas affected by the Great East Japan
Earthquake. These projects will provide a critical boost to further accelerate recovery.
- << Agenda >>
- （１）The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force
- （２）2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects
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Second Meeting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force
On February 8th 2016, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force convened for the second time, and formulated the “2020 Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic Games - Fukushima Prefecture Action Plan on Accelerating Recovery”.
The year 2020 is an important year for Fukushima Prefecture, marking 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games is the perfect opportunity to show both Japan and the world the progress Fukushima has made on its path to recovery, and to convey gratitude for all the support received since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Using this Action Plan as a blueprint, the Fukushima prefectural government will coordinate with municipal governments and relevant organisations on various Games-related projects, in order to show Fukushima’s appeal to the world and foster pride in Fukushima to create a new future.
Third Meeting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-related Projects Task Force convened for the 3rd time on March 21st, 2017 where it was announced that the IOC had approved Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Furthermore, the task force decided to implement a brand new initiative, the Experience Fukushima Project*, over the next fiscal year. The project is focused towards cultural and sports exchange, and aims to maximise the benefits of hosting the Olympic baseball and softball games in Fukushima to the region and various sectors, and to raise awareness of Fukushima’s swift revitalisation. The task force will work closely with relevant organisations on the Experience Fukushima Project, and also to formalise a system for implementing the project
Governor Uchibori explained the significance that hosting baseball and softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics had in relation to raising awareness of Fukushima for the sake of the prefecture’s revitalisation, and described three keywords for promoting Fukushima: “Thanks”, “Revitalisation”, “Exchange”.
The relevant departments will work together in close cooperation to implement the Experience Fukushima Project and similar projects, using the above-mentioned three keywords in combination with the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ broad reach and irresistible pull to bring about a new Fukushima for beyond 2020
*”Experience” here refers to the cultural exchange between Fukushima and the outside world.