Tokyo 2020 and Nippon Foundation to Partner in Recruiting & Training Games Volunteer

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has signed a partnership agreement with the Nippon Foundation, a private non-profit humanitarian organisation which supports activities in social welfare, public health and educational. This agreement will allow Tokyo 2020 to take advantage of the Nippon Foundation's experience of managing volunteers when developing selected training programmes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Nippon Foundation will support Tokyo 2020 in the development of selected training programmes for volunteer leaders and for those who will be conducting volunteer recruitment interviews. The two organisations are also going to collaborate in the arranging of events and activities aimed at building momentum in the Tokyo 2020 volunteer programme.

The Nippon Foundation has many years of experience training volunteers to work in sports environments, educational institutions and welfare programmes. Its partner organisations include the Sasakawa Sports Foundation, the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center and the Japan Sports Volunteer Network.

Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo 2020 President, said: “We want to make the Tokyo 2020 Games even more memorable than the Tokyo 1964 Games, but to achieve this, it is essential that citizens take responsibility for the success of the Games. Volunteers will play an especially key role by taking ownership of the Games to connect as many people as possible with each other, ultimately for the success of the Games. Tokyo 2020 will provide high-quality training for all participants, helping them to seize this unique opportunity and become the very best volunteers they can.”

Yohei Sasakawa, the Nippon Foundation Chairman, said: “We were very pleased to receive a request from Tokyo 2020 for this partnership. We have been working towards the goal of creating an inclusive society in which all people can live in harmony. We would like the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to become a stepping stone to continued achievements, not a final goal. I hope our partnership will become a catalyst for ongoing volunteering as a social movement in Japan, as well as help the Tokyo 2020 Games become the most successful ever.”

Volunteers recruited to support the Tokyo 2020 Games will play an important role in the operation of the Games. If you are interested in volunteering, you will need to be 18 years or older as of 1 April 2020. Applications for volunteer roles will be accepted commencing summer 2018. For more information on the Tokyo 2020 volunteer programme, see <>

The Nippon Foundation(Open in a new window)

Yoshiro Mori and Yohei Sasakawa signing ceremony