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June 1, 2015
  1. In view of the decision to hold the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to establish an “Panel of Experts on Strengthening Sport Diplomacy” under the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in order to seek the opinions of experts in a wide range of fields regarding how to harness the power that sport possesses for strengthening diplomacy of Japan.
  2. The Panel held its first meeting on February 13 under Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi (representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs). It will hold discussions up until the end of the year, and will submit recommendations on necessary policies to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. The Panel’s chair and members are as follows:
    ChairKazuo OguraAdvisor, Japan Foundation
    MembersYuko ArimoriPresident and CEO, Special Olympics Nippon
     Takashi KatsutaDepartment Director, Sports Innovation Department, Japan Sport Council
     Teiichi SatoProfessor, International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School
     Hisashi SanadaProvost, University of Tsukuba
     Daichi SuzukiPresident, Japan Swimming Federation; Professor, Juntendo University
     Kohzo TashimaVice President, Japan Football Association
     Keiichi TsunekawaProfessor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
     Takeshi NiinamiPresident, Member of the Board, Representative Director, Suntory Holdings Limited
     Yasushi WatanabeProfessor, Keio University
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