The Sasakawa Sports Foundation liberally shares the findings of its research activities with local governments, sports organizations, private businesses, and educational institutions, working closely with them to formulate sports promotion policies and organize sports-related initiatives to address societal issues.
We also give great importance to partnering with international organizations, having been a member of TAFISA (The Association For International Sport for All)—with whom we share the “Sports for All” philosophy—since its founding in 1991. We actively collaborate with other, overseas members and have twice hosted the TAFISA World Congress in Japan. And we actively present our research findings on ways to build a healthy and vibrant society, where everyone has opportunities to enjoy sports, at international conferences.
We coordinate all events in Japan for TAFISA-sponsored World Challenge Day, held on the last Wednesday each May to create awareness and enthusiasm for physical activity in communities around the world. These events are opportunities for us to reach out directly to area residents in encouraging physical activity and keeping fit, as well as to explore sports-related approaches to community revitalization. They help us to strengthen our ties with local governments and to support their sports-promotion initiatives through the forging of comprehensive partnership agreements, contributing to their community-building efforts in collaboration with local sports-promotion bodies.
We are engaged in expanding the number of sports volunteers by offering our knowledge of volunteer management and the findings of our research activities to various sports-promotion bodies and building cooperative relations with them. We provide knowhow on facilitating volunteer participation, such as by producing or furnishing video teaching materials, in an effort to develop the human resources to support a broad array of sports activities.
In addition, we organize meetings of local government and other officials responsible for sports policy, as well as of those engaged in disability sports, and conduct regular dialogue with the mayors of municipalities implementing a variety of sports initiatives.