Measures to promote international exchanges and cooperation

International exchange through sport contributes to the dissemination and development of sport in Japan, and plays a vital role to advance mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill between other countries. The Japan Sports Agency advances measures to disseminate and share the value of sport.

Sport for Tomorrow (SFT)

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World Forum on Sport and Culture

The World Forum on Sport and Culture scheduled right after the Rio Olympic Games was held for a period of 4 days between October 19 to 22, 2016 in Kyoto and Tokyo as a kick-off event to create a domestic and international movement towards the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Sport ministers from various countries gathered to attend the conference and cultural-related events to discuss and disseminate information on international contributions through sport and culture, and the tangible and intangible legacies created. Public-private workshops were also organized in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the business community to discuss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in addition to the creation of new economies and cultures beyond 2020.

World Forum on Sport and Culture

Japan Olympic Committee Exchange Programs

The JOC promotes Japan-Korea Sports Exchange Program aimed at Improving Friendship, Goodwill and the Competitiveness of Japanese athletes The Japan Sports Agency promotes sports exchange programs aimed at improving friendship and goodwill between Japan and South Korea, and efforts to improve the competitiveness of Japanese athletes.

Japan Sports Association International Exchange Projects

The Japan Sports Association promotes various international exchange programs with the Asian region through initiatives including the Japan-China Sports Exchange Program, the Japan-Korea Sports Exchange Program, and the Japan-Korea-China Junior Sports Exchange Meet. The JSA promotes these programs to deepen mutual understanding while helping to foster healthy youth who have international qualities and a mindset to lead the next generation. The JSA also promotes sports exchanges with neighboring Asian countries to promote sports at the local level both domestically and overseas.

Trilateral Sports Minister's Meeting Japan, The people's Republic of China, and The Republic of Korea

The Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting of Japan, the People’s Republic of China(China) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) was designed to promote mutual development and harmony through sports in the Northeast Asian region. Japan, China and the ROK will boost trilateral sports exchanges and personnel exchanges at various levels to foster mutual trust and understanding to realize “peace and cooperation in Northeast Asia.”

[The First Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting of Japan, China and the ROK]

The First Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting of Japan, China and ROK was held in PyeongChang, ROK on September 22th-23th 2016 following the Sixth Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit held in November 2015. The three Ministers adopted the “PyeongChang Declaration”, agreeing to promote sports exchanges based on the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled to be successively hosted by the cities of the three nations- PyeongChang in 2018, Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022.

[The Second Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting of Japan, China and the ROK]

The Second Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting of Japan, China and the ROK was held on September 12th-13th, 2018 based on the PyeongChang Declaration adopted at the First Trilateral Sports Ministers’ Meeting and the Seventh Japan-China-ROK Summit held in May 2018. The three Ministers adopted the “Tokyo Action Plan” which stipulates detailed measures for implementing items agreed to in the PyeongChang Declaration.

Tokyo Action Plan

ASEAN plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports

[The First ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports]

The First ASEAN Plus Japan Ministerial Meeting on Sports was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in October 2017, co-chaired by Japan and Myanmar. Japan proposed to advance the Japan-ASEAN partnership aligned with the its ASEAN Five-Year Plan on Sports, by prioritizing fields of cooperation including: contributing to the United Nations Social Development Goals (UN SDGs) through sports; promoting the Sport for All Initiative; protecting sports integrity; promoting sports industries.
Japan also proposed to set policy guidelines, and to define a strategic direction to guide ASEAN-Japan collaborative work programmes in four areas of priority, namely: the development of physical education teachers and coaches; increasing participation of women in sports; advancing sports for persons with disabilities; anti-doping capacity building.
ASEAN nations thanked Japan for its cooperation through the Sport for Tomorrow Initiative up until now, and expressed hope for the further development of collaborations.


Sports SDGs

Following the establishment of the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2001, a succeeding set of global goals called the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, have been set to be pursued between 2016 to2030 based on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015.
The Agenda defines 17 goals and 169 targets to realize a sustainable world "leaving no one behind."
The Japan Sports Agency, or the JSA, aims to realize the SDGs through sport. Using sport which has the power to bring people together, the JSA will use the positive impact of sport to increase social awareness of SDGs to further enhance the value of sport in society. The JSA aims to create a large movement by collaborating with businesses and sport organizations that agree with the aims of Sports SDGs. The JSA hopes people will use the hashtag #SportsSDGs as a "Sports SDGs Declaration", to disseminate SDG-related contents and activities through social network services.

UNESCO International Conference of Minsters and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport

The International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) hosted by UNESCO, provides a platform for sports ministers and senior officials from UNESCO member states and semi-member regions to discuss important international issues related to sport, and to make performance-oriented proposals. The Sixth MINEPS Conference was held in July 2017 in Kazan, Russia, gathering about 500 people from around 120 countries, of which ministers from 41 countries participated. Participants held discussions on the three main themes: developing a comprehensive vision of inclusive access to sport for all; maximizing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace; and protecting the integrity of sport. The Kazan Action Plan which is a follow-up to the "Berlin Declaration" includes the three main themes highlighting the operationalization of past results, 20 policy items and 5 detailed action plans.


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