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15 Jul 2019
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News from the Japanese National Olympic Committee

Find here the latest news from the National Olympic Committee: events, courses, general assemblies and elections, trophies and much more.

15 july 2019

JOC/Aflo Sport
The 9th year of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)’s International Sports Leader Academy (JISLA) kicked off on 21 June. The mission of the JILSA is to develop human resources capable of contributing to policy-making in international sports organisations or international negotiations and to strengthen Japan’s international capabilities in terms of organisations, human resources and finance. Out of 214 graduates, 74 have obtained positions in IFs and Asian federations. Olympic medallist Yuko Arimori (see photo) delivered the keynote speech, which was followed by talks on volunteer management by the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee and necessary global communications skills. This year, 39 professionals from 32 NFs are taking part in the programme. More info at

28 june 2019

JOC / Photo Kishimoto
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) held a number of events to commemorate Olympic Day. On 23 June, the Olympic Day Run was held in Shibetsu City, Hokkaido, with more than 1,000 participants taking part alongside ten Olympians and two Paralympians. Children also had the opportunity to challenge Olympians over a 50-metre race, and try out Olympic sports such as tennis and badminton. On 14 June, in addition to the Olympic Concert, the JOC Sports Awards Ceremony for FY2018 was held. The Most Valuable Athlete Award went to tennis player Naomi Osaka, winner of the US Open. More info at

15 January 2019

JOC/Aflo Sport

The Japanese NOC closed the eighth year of its International Sports Leader Academy (JISLA) with a graduation ceremony on 13 December 2018 at the NOC’s National Training Centre during the Annual NOC/National Federations (NFs) Forum. This year, 46 people representing 31 NFs and other sports organisations took part. The Academy aims to teach participants international communications skills and knowledge to help them be successful in international sports organisations. The NOC/NFs International Relations Forum brought together some 167 participants. The aim was to share information and knowledge on the IOC, the NOCs, the IFs and other topics, in order to contribute to developing sport worldwide, and recognise the importance of improving the sporting environment and tackling issues the sports world is facing. More info at

30 October 2018

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)

A partnership agreement was signed between the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Uruguayan Olympic Committee on 10 October at the Embassy of Uruguay in Buenos Aires. Simultaneously, the Japan Sports Agency and the Uruguayan National Department of Sport signed a cooperation Memorandum of Understanding.  The agreement was signed by the two NOC Presidents, Tsunekazu Takeda (left of photo) and Julio César Maglione (right). According to the agreement, both parties will actively support officials, staff and their own athletes and coaches so that they can benefit from exchange programmes and opportunities, and will exchange knowledge and information in medical science and anti-doping, as well as sharing Olympic Movement information. The JOC has already signed agreements with 44 NOCs (not including the Uruguayan NOC). More info at

24 September 2018


The Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japan Sports Press Association co-hosted the annual Sports Journalist Seminar on 10 September at the Ajinomoto National Training Centre in Tokyo. Ashley Abbott, Public Affairs and Communications Director of the New Zealand NOC and Chair of the IOC Press Committee Working Group on Gender Equality, was invited to deliver a keynote speech based on the theme “Gender Balance in Sports Journalism.” The keynote speech was followed by a panel discussion focusing on the current situation of gender equality in Japanese sports reporting, in which Kaori Yamaguchi (Judo Olympic Bronze medallist) and experienced members of the media also took part. The seminar was held in the presence of Japanese sports journalists and National Sports Federation communicators. More info at

18 June 2018

AFLO / Sport

The Japanese NOC organised its Sports Awards Ceremony and Olympic Concert 2018 at the Tokyo International Forum on 8 June, prior to Olympic Day. The Most Valuable Athlete Award was presented to Nao Kodaira, Olympic speed skating champion (500m) and silver medallist (1000m) at PyeongChang 2018. A Most Valuable Athlete Award was presented to two PyeongChang gold medallists: Miho Takagi (speed skating), who became the first Japanese woman to win gold, silver and bronze at the same Games; and Yuzuru Hany (figure skating), the first to defend the gold medal twice in a row. NOC Council members, Executive Board members and honorary members, as well as Tokyo 2020 partners, were also present, as were 14 athletes from 9 countries taking part in Olympic Solidarity World Programmes for Tokyo 2020. Info at

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