You are the future of sport
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to play and enjoy sport.
Participating in organized activities is essential to living a happy, healthy life and to being fully engaged in one’s community and culture.
People everywhere are drawn to sport, and the values and spirit of fair play it engenders facilitate peace and friendship throughout the world.
The Japan Sport Association is committed to realizing an ideal society in which sport is equally accessible to all.
We move forward together, united in our love for sport.
What is the Japan Sport Association (JSPO) ?
Along with widely calling out to the nation in advocating the slogan "Sports for All!", the JSPO is an organization that goes out to foster a sports environment and support the practice of enjoying safe sports activities.
Furthermore, as an organization that integrates national sports in Japan, it is also a group of corporations that promote special public interest, promoting enterprises aimed at realizing a sports society throughout life, from children to seniors.
The History of the Japan Sport Association
Taking advantage of participation in the Olympics, the Japan Sport Association was founded in July 1911 with Jigoro Kano as the first chairman. Not being confined simply to participation in the Olympics, it took on the roles of the "promotion of national sports" and "improvement of international competitive advantage" from its inception, and the National Sports Festival, first held soon after World War II in 1946, developed into Japan's largest national sports fest today. In 1962, it founded the Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association. It strives for the healthy upbringing of youth through sports.
Furthermore, the Tokyo Olympics were held in 1964. Heightened by taking advantage of this, it began to actively develop enterprises for national sports promotion in response to the nation's interest in sports.
Since then, it has been advancing a wide range of various enterprises such as cultivating sports leaders, promoting sports for life, international sports exchanges, research of sports medicine and science, etc.
In addition, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) broke away from the organization of this association, becoming independent in 1989, and began to carry on the training of competitive athletes, forming and dispatching teams to the Olympic Games, etc.