Environmental improvement for the Games

The Basic Spectrum Plan and the Spectrum Management Plan

The Basic Spectrum Plan

A wide variety of radio systems are expected to be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including radio systems for use by the media for international broadcast and news coverage; competition officials to measure time or make judgments; and national delegations and operational staff to communicate with each other.

On 8 November 2017, Tokyo 2020 established “The Basic Spectrum Plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”, a basic plan for radio frequency assignment, for the purpose of the proper and interference-free application of radio equipment used by all parties involved in the Games to carry out their respective duties.

The Spectrum Management Plan

Following “The Basic Spectrum Plan”, Tokyo 2020 established “The Spectrum Management Plan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” on 17 July 2018, which includes specific information about the prospective frequencies to be assigned, the spectrum application method and the application schedule (revised on 1 February 2019 and 1 February 2020).
In principle, a license issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (the MIC) is necessary to operate radio equipment in Japan. At the Tokyo 2020 Games, Tokyo 2020 will need to obtain the radio station license from the MIC on behalf of the stakeholders, and will undertake spectrum coordination to avoid harmful interference among wireless devices.

*For details about the spectrum application process, please refer to the “Spectrum Application Process” mentioned below.

Spectrum application process

On 1 February 2019, Tokyo 2020 opened spectrum applications for radio equipment used by all parties involved in the Games to carry out their respective duties. Download the “Spectrum Application Guide” below for more information.

Procedures for Radio Equipment Test & Tagging

Tokyo 2020 has prepared the "Test & Tagging Guide" to explain radio equipment inspection (Test) procedures and issuance of permission tags (Tagging) for those who wish to use radio equipment at the Tokyo 2020 Games and have completed the frequency coordination with Tokyo 2020. 

Please refer to the "Test and Tagging Guide" for details.

The Spectrum Monitoring Plan

To ensure no interference and no jamming of the radio spectrum, and stable, secure radio frequencies are available at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) released the “Spectrum Monitoring Plan For the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”, which outlines Tokyo 2020's plans to monitor the radio spectrum at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

To enable Games-related personnel to conduct radio operations smoothly and without interference and jamming, Tokyo 2020 plans to work closely with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications ⁠— the ministry responsible for Japan's radio spectrum ⁠— on a range of radio spectrum monitoring initiatives.