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Updated : March 27, 2020

2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games/Rugby World Cup 2019 Saitama Prefecture Promotion Committee

Saitama Prefecture is making preparations for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

To make preparations for providing some venues on an “all-Saitama” basis, Saitama Prefecture established the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games/Rugby World Cup 2019 Saitama Prefecture Promotion Committee (hereinafter, “Promotion Committee”).

1. Outline of the Promotion Committee

Date of Establishment

November 30, 2015


Governor, mayors of cities providing venues, representatives of sports federations associated with events to be held in Saitama Prefecture


Representatives of Saitama Prefecture, municipalities, sports federations, industry organizations and others


Diet members elected from Saitama Prefecture, Saitama prefectural assembly members, presidents of municipal assemblies, Saitama Prefectural Education Board members and others

2. Basic Principles and Vision

Basic Principles

Initiatives on an All-Saitama Basis

We will make concerted efforts on an all-Saitama basis involving diverse players, including the prefecture, municipalities, businesses, universities and other organizations, aimed at providing opportunities for citizens as well as athletes to get involved and play active roles for the success of both the Tokyo 2020 Games and the 2019 World Cup.

Creating Legacies Through Sports

The previous Tokyo Olympic Games gave us dreams and hopes for the future and took us into a new era. Likewise, for the Tokyo 2020 Games and 2019 Rugby World Cup, we will implement various measures centering on sports to create legacies that will launch Saitama into the future.

* What is a legacy? 
In the context of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the term “legacy” refers to a positive impact of an initiative or effort driven by the Games that is felt long into the future and down the generations.
In the case of the London 2012 Games, for instance, the number of people who made a habit of exercising or participating in volunteer activities reportedly increased and the momentum for health promotion and social contribution was built. Long-term economic effects and progress in urban development are also considered legacies. Legacies of the 1964 Tokyo Games that live on for the people of Japan include the development of transportation systems such as the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Metropolitan Expressway as well as the Sports Day holiday.

In recognition of the transient nature of the Games, the Promotion Committee will take initiatives to capture and build on the enthusiasm surrounding the event with a view to leaving lasting tangible and intangible benefits to posterity.


SAITAMA PRIDE—Demonstrating the underlying strength of the “Sports Kingdom” to take Saitama to the next stage—


Home to Japan’s leading professional teams, world-class sports facilities, and athletes who compete in international events, Saitama Prefecture boasts world-class potential in the field of sports.

This potential is not simply attributable to our privileged location at the heart of the Kanto Plain. It is created by our athletes, the sons and daughters of Saitama Prefecture, who put in the hard work required to compete at the global level, and is something we take great pride in.

Driven on by that pride, let us prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup, working together to lift sports in Saitama to lofty new heights and take ourselves to the next stage, leading the world in a broad range of fields.