• by Hirokazu Matsuno
  • Minister Of Education, Culture, Sports, Science And Technology


The World Forum on Sport and Culture has opened.

I am very happy to welcome you to Japan from around the world in the afterglow of the excitement of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and to be able to hold discussions from the perspectives of sports, culture and business toward 2020, and the future beyond.

Japan is scheduled to host back-to-back international sporting events such as the Rugby World Cup 2019; Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and Kansai World Masters Games 2021. At the center of global attention, it is important for us to focus our eyes, and work on cultural and economic development, let alone on the development of sports. While trying to combine different fields such as sports, culture and business, I would like to make this forum constructive not only for the success of these international sports meets but also for the future beyond.

We have established the vision of this forum “to deepen bonds with Asia and the world by transforming the traditional Japanese value of ‘accepting each other’s differences and enhancing one another’ into the strength to overcome the difficulties the world is facing.” And to accomplish this vision, we will conduct discussions with a focus on three pillars: enhancement of human qualities; promotion of exchanges among people from around the world; and creation of new economies and cultures.

On Oct. 19, discussions mainly on culture are scheduled to take place in Kyoto, in collaboration with Kyoto Prefecture and the city of Kyoto. We are scheduled to deliver our cultural policy for the years ahead and demonstrate Japanese culture to the world.

From Oct. 20, moving the venues to Tokyo, we plan to have discussions on mainly sports and business. There will be discussions on the new potential and values of sports, bringing together sports ministers from about 50 countries, as well as sessions on the Rugby World Cup 2019, and sessions to review the legacies created by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With the support of the World Economic Forum, known for the Davos annual conference, this forum is also scheduled to organize public-private sector workshops with business leaders from Japan and abroad to discuss issues the world will face in future, aimed at creating new business opportunities. By combining three fields, i.e., sports, culture and business, we would like to create new values from Japan for 2020 and beyond.

Under the slogan “All Together,” the forum will be organized by relevant ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Japan Sports Agency; and Agency for Cultural Affairs, working as one, in cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture and the city of Kyoto, and in collaboration with the private sector. I would like to make it a forum that will lead to a new era through discussions with participants from around the world.

Now, let’s take the first step together toward a new era. “All Together!”

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