The Tokyo 2020 Games Vision states, “The Tokyo 2020 Games, as the most innovative in history, will bring positive reform to the world by building on three core concepts: “Striving for your personal best (Achieving Personal Best)”, “Accepting one another (Unity in Diversity” and “Passing on Legacy for the future (Connecting to Tomorrow)”.
Under the tagline, “Know Differences, Show Differences” we are positioning Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) as an indispensable element of achieving the Tokyo 2020 Games Vision and the driver for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Accordingly, D&I is being incorporated into all aspects of Games planning and operations.
In its simplest form, ‘Diversity’ points to individual differences, but the concept also encompasses embracing and celebrating those differences. ‘Inclusion’ means including a person as an integral part of a group, and accepting and respecting that person.
Diversity does not only comprise of a person's age, ethnicity, nationality, intellectual or physical impairment, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed or values, but also includes career, experiences, ways of working, corporate culture and lifestyle preferences.
As people of diverse backgrounds influence each other, and have differing values and abilities, this creates innovation, which in turn leads to the creation of new values. "Know Differences, Show Differences”, in other words, each person being able to demonstrate his/her capabilities to the full precisely because people understand each other and diversity is respected. This is the Tokyo 2020 Games that we will achieve.
We will share this approach to D&I with all athletes, spectators and Games-related personnel. By raising widespread awareness of the concept of D&I among everyone taking part in or attending the Tokyo 2020 Games, and by people at the Games incorporating these values into various aspects of society after the Games, we are aiming to encourage this way of thinking about Diversity and Inclusion to become an integral part of Japanese society as a post-Games legacy.