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Outline of Activities

1. Research and surveys

The Institute of Sports Policy, established in SSF carries out fact-finding surveys, case studies and empirical research in the three fields of "sports policy","community-building through sports" and "promotion of sports among children and youth".
The institute gathers and analyses quantitative data and advanced cases in the country as well as overseas, which are essential for the national government and local governments to draft sports policy and for various organizations to plan sports promotion programs. SSF proactively makes proposals for policies to governments and for plans to sports organizations, based on evidence obtained from the research and survey.

2. Research grants and human resource development

<Research grants>

The Sasakawa sports research grants program aims to support prominent research in the fields of the humanities and social science that contributes to the promotion of sports in the country.

Under this program, SSF aims to encourage debate on sports policy in Japan, and to nurture young researchers who will carry the future of the next generation.

<Sport Policy for Japan>

SSF contributes to foster leaders who will direct the future of the promotion of sports in the country by supervising the program called "Sport Policy for Japan". This program provides students who are studying sports with exchanging ideas each other and publishing their research results.

<Open research facility "Gakuyukan">

"Gakuyukan" is a multi-use facility in the SSF office for anyone who would like to do some research with our collection of books and archives from whole range of sports. The facility has more than 3,000 publications from both national and international bookshelf, with free internet access.

3. Collaboration with local governments

SSF promotes a nationwide sport program, which aims to encourage people to participate in sports and physical activities, called Challenge Day. In this program, municipal communities with similar size of populations compete over the percentage of their residents who did some kind of sports and physical activities for a minimum of fifteen minutes on the last Wednesday of May. Through Challenge Day, SSF is able to forge closer links with local governments and other organizations, and to verify that sports are beneficial in building local communities and promoting relationships between people of different generations, and to propose a system in which individual residents can enjoy sports in their communities.

Furthermore, in collaboration with local governments who participate in Challenge Day and with other local governments nationwide, SSF draws up sports promotion plans for local communities and offers the results of its surveys and research.

4. Public relations

SSF disseminates the information about its initiatives as described above, and releases the latest sports information in the country and overseas that is beneficial for sports policy research, using its official website, social media, at symposiums, seminars, and international conferences.

As part of its public relations activities, SSF publishes the results of the National Sport and Lifestyle Survey, which is biannually conducted to understand the state of participation and involvement in sports by Japanese, by means of a report called the SSF National Sports-Life Survey.

SSF also brings out and extensively distributes Sport White Paper, in which the latest data in the country and overseas is printed.

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