Connecting to tomorrow with the power of sport
Tokyo 2020 Games aim to support the recovery efforts in the Tohoku region and to encourage people who are participating in rebuilding initiatives for local communities in areas affected by natural disasters. The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) have been involved in many events and activities to empower people from these affected communities.
Many athletes have paid visits to the Tohoku region after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The experience has given these athletes a renewed perspective about the power of sport and the role of athletes in society. During the Tokyo bid for the 2020 Games, the Japanese delegation proposed to the IOC its intention for Japan to demonstrate the power of sport to the world and leave a positive legacy for future generations through the Tokyo 2020 Games.
After winning the bid, a number of natural disasters occurred in Japan. In is in these times of difficulty that sport can play a vital role. Sport has the power to connect people and encourage people to have a dream. It can also light up the children's lives with laughter and joy. As the athletes become a symbol of hope to the people, Tokyo 2020 will work closely with our partners to make the best possible Tokyo 2020 Games and provide inspiration and motivation to those people who are rebuilding their lives.
Reconstruction effort and safety information
Tokyo 2020 Games empowered by the people in the areas affected by natural disasters
An interview with Akinori Iwamura, head coach of Fukushima Hopes
Actions taken by Tokyo 2020
An introduction to Tokyo 2020's activities supporting the Caring Games, including activities planned for the future.
Hosting the Tokyo 2020 Games competitions in the affected area.
One of the venues for Baseball/Softball – Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium. Baseball - Softball
One of the venues for Football – Miyagi Stadium. Football
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will start at the J-Village national training centre in Fukushima Prefecture, which served as a base for the clean-up operations at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. This will allow people from the disaster-affected areas who have worked so hard in the reconstruction and recovery of their local communities to view the Olympic flame after it arrives from Greece, a special display of the “Flame of Recovery” will be held in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures.
Tokyo 2020 Special Torch Relay Class Held for Lower Secondary students from Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.
TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL
There will be a number of special programme including 'Reconstruction of the Tohoku region', plus other cultural events taking place in the Tohoku region and Tokyo.
Tokyo 2020 Recovery Monuments
Exchanging messages of "gratitude and support" between areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami and the world through monuments.
Activities during Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018
Rio 2016 Games: Olympic Flag Handover Ceremony. As a gesture of gratitude to all the people in the world who supported the reconstruction efforts after the earthquake in 2011, Tokyo 2020 released a video of children in the disaster-affected area spelling out the letters “Thank you”.
Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Live Site events were held in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Athletes contribute to the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games
Polishing the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Cauldron. Koji Murofushi, Tokyo 2020 Sport Director, attended the event held in Ishinomaki City and local children polished the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Cauldron to deepen engagement.
Working to increase the appeal of areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami
Spinning Yagura Bon-odori Dance Festival in Iwaki City: To promote the festivals carried out affectionately by local people, Ms. Hanae Ito, an Olympian (Swimming), attended the Spinning Yagura Bon-Odori Dance Festival in Iwaki City and danced the Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020 with the local children.
Official dinner on the occasion of the 5th IOC Coordination Commission Meeting: In an attempt to introduce the culinary appeal of the disaster-affected areas, Tokyo 2020 included food from those areas on the menu of the official dinner on the occasion of the 5th IOC Coordination Commission Meeting.
Tokyo 2020 Support Programme "Future from Fukushima – Local Treasures Folk Culture Preservation Project": Tokyo 2020 cooperates with Fukushima Prefecture through the Tokyo 2020 Support Programme and assists their reconstruction.
Designation ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Support Programme "Special Class to Regenerate Iwate Prefecture toward the Future": Tokyo 2020 cooperates with Iwate Prefecture through the Tokyo 2020 Support Programme and assists their reconstruction.
Tohoku media tour: During the two-day tour, which was hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the journalists from all over the globe had an opportunity to witness the recovery of the region and the various sport events led by Olympians that help raise the spirit of the local people, in particular the young children.
IOC President Bach and Prime Minister Abe visit Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium: IOC President Thomas Bach and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe together paid a visit to the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium on Saturday 24 November 2018 to see the Olympic baseball and softball venue.