Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors

In order to create interest and excitement toward the torch relay among people across Japan, Olympian Tadahiro Nomura, Paralympian Aki Taguchi, actress Satomi Ishihara, and comedian duo Sandwichman have been appointed as Official Ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. The ambassadors will take part in events hosted by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to help increase recognition of the torch relay event.

Here are the profiles of the official ambassadors along with their enthusiastic comments about how they intend to attract attention and get people excited and involved in the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay.

Tadahiro Nomura

Tadahiro Nomura

Olympian from Nara Prefecture. Gold medalist in the men’s judo 60kg category in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, Nomura became the first judo athlete and the first Asian athlete in any sport to win the Olympic gold medal at three consecutive Games. After his retirement, Nomura has been devoted to promoting judo both at home and abroad. He is also a member of the selection panel of the Tokyo 2020 Games medal design competition.

Comment by Tadahiro Nomura
“Hi. I’m Tadahiro Nomura, Official Ambassador of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. I was really surprised when I learned that I was chosen for this role, but now I’m really happy. I took part in the Olympic Games three times as an athlete, and the torch relay is very special not only for me but for everyone who loves the Games and loves sport. I hope we can all get excited about the torch relay and end up with a big smile from the satisfaction that we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. It is also my wish that the experience gained through the Tokyo 2020 Games will become a legacy for future generations, and will be remembered forever as a spectacular Games. So let’s build up the momentum together!”

Aki Taguchi

Aki Taguchi

Paralympian from Osaka. Competed in three consecutive Games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 as a Paralympic shooter. Taguchi currently serves on the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Committee and the Emblem Selection Committee. Taguchi is engaged in activities to promote an all-inclusive society through the promotion and support of Para sport.

Comment by Aki Taguchi
“Hello everyone. I’m Aki Taguchi, Official Ambassador of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. I didn’t expect to be selected, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to fulfil such an important role. At the same time, I was interested in contributing so I decided to accept the offer. While athletes compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, anyone can take part in the torch relay. Regardless of gender and whether you have an impairment or not, you can participate as a torchbearer or you can cheer on from the streets along the route of the torch relay. You can also enjoy the torch relay at home on TV. I hope we can all create a torch relay that is remembered by everyone that takes part in whatever form. The official ambassadors will do our best to contribute, so come on and join us!”

Satomi Ishihara

Satomi Ishihara

Actress from Tokyo. Made her debut in 2003 in the film, “Watashi no Guranpa (My Grandpa)”. Starred in many TV dramas, films and theatrical productions. Travelled to Africa for a film and since then Ishihara went back three years in a row, reporting the various issues in Africa through TV programmes. As the ‘charity personality’ for the telethon charity programme “24-Hour Television” in 2017, Ishihara was highly commended for her honest and sincere approach to reporting.

Comment by Satomi Ishihara
“Hello. I’m Satomi Ishihara, Official Ambassador of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. I was surprised to be chosen, but I feel even more honoured and grateful, and I take this responsibility very seriously. The torch relay carries the heart and soul of each torchbearer. I look forward to meeting the torchbearers, the supporters, the people cheering on along the relay route, and everybody else who is involved in carrying out the torch relay nationwide. I hope to interview as many people as possible and communicate their stories and drama honestly and sincerely. It would be nice if we can all enjoy the torch relay and contribute to the excitement. Looking forward to seeing you!”

Sandwich Man

Sandwich Man

Mikio Date (left) Takeshi Tomizawa (right)

Comedy duo from Miyagi Prefecture. Date and Tomizawa went to the same local high school and formed a duo in 1998 after graduating. They won the “2007 M-1 Grand Prix” and came in second in the “King of Comedy 2009” competition. They are widely popular on TV and radio and through their appearances in live events and various activities. Since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, they have been active in supporting the reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku region, their home ground.

Comment by Sandwich Man
“Hi there. We are Sandwich Man, and we’ve been selected as Official Ambassadors of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. We’re so surprised. We wonder if it’s really okay that we take on this role. We still can’t believe it. All we can say is that we will do our very best to fulfil our role as Official Ambassador of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay. We are excited that the Olympic flame will be on public display in our home ground of Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures. Many people will come to see the display and will feel encouraged and empowered. You will probably have only one chance in your life to become a torchbearer so we hope you all take part and create a great memory of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Are you sure you want us to assume this important role? We’re sure you’re surprised, but let us tell you, we’re 50 times more surprised. Anyway, we’ll liven up the event as much as we can so please give us your support and help us create an exciting atmosphere!”