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International Exchange

Sharing the Wonders of Sport Across Frontiers

We engage in sporting exchanges chiefly with Korea and China, and international sporting cooperation with ASEAN countries, to share our common sporting culture with the people of Asia and the world in the spirit of Fair Play and contribute to global peace and friendship. We shall continue to place high priority on international exchange and cooperation activities so that the people of Japan and the world can enjoy sports whenever they want and wherever they happen to be.

The Japan-Korea-China Junior Sports Exchange Meet

The Japan-Korea-China junior sports exchange meet has hosted in turn by Japan, Korea and China since 1993 for promoting sporting exchange between the three countries, fostering mutual understanding and enhancing international sporting competitiveness. Participants are from four teams, representing Japan, Korea, China and the host region. This exchange meet is very unique as international multi-sports event for high school students. The 28th exchange meet will be held in Akita Prefecture on August 2020.

Japan-Korea Sports Exchange Program

Annual, wide-ranging sporting exchanges with Korea were started in 1997 with the approach of the co-hosted 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan with the aims of deepening goodwill and friendship between the two countries and promoting further sporting development. The JSPO currently cooperates with the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee in the fields of youth (summer and winter) and adult exchange programs.

Currently, we conduct several sports exchange programs between Japan and Korea as follows:

  • Japan-Korea Youth Summer Sports Exchange Program
  • Japan-Korea Youth Winter Sports Exchange Program
  • Japan-Korea Sports Exchange Program (Adult)
  • Japan-Korea Regional Sports Exchange Promotion Program

Japan-China Sports Exchange Program

The sporting exchanges with China commenced in 1999 with the goals of furthering mutual goodwill and friendship and disseminating and promoting sport in both countries. The JSPO cooperates with the All China Sports Federation in the fields of exchanges between adult sportsmen and women of both countries, and of youth sport instructors and young athletes

Japan-Germany Junior Sports Club Exchange

Japan Junior Sports Clubs Association and German Junior Sports Club (Deutschen Sportjugend) have conducted exchange program since 1974.
In this program each country composed of 125 leaders of clubs visits the partner country and participates in programs such as sports exchange and home staying in various areas of the country for 3 weeks.

Regional Exchange Program with Korea, China and Russia

Regional sporting exchanges for promoting ties with Korea, China and Russia have been organized on the occasions of the decision to co-host the FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan in 2002; the designation by the Japanese and Chinese governments of 2007 as the Year of Japan-China Cultural and Sporting Exchange; and the Year of Japan in Russia in 2016.

Contributions to Sport Promotion in ASEAN

This project is aiming at contributing to promote Sports for all in ASEAN countries and help to enhance and develop the sport environment in all Asia region by providing JSPO know-how on Sports for all with consideration of their needs.
Based on the result of survey on the sports environment in ASEAN countries, JSPO have made the plan to cooperate with Thailand by using and introducing an exercise program called Active Child Program (ACP) which JSPO are now promoting in Japan and held ACP seminar and workshop in Thailand in fiscal 2018.

ASEAN

Cooperation with The Association for International Sport for All

The JSPO supports The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) activities as TAFISA-JAPAN, which consists of the JSPO and three Japanese domestic lifelong sport organizations(National Recreation Association of JAPAN, SASAKAWA SPORTS FOUNDATION, and JAPAN HEALTH PROMOTION & FITNESS FOUNDATION).

Cooperation with Sport for Tomorrow

All of the JSPO’s international exchange activities are implemented as Sport for Tomorrow (SFT) certified projects.
The JSPO also participates as an organizing member of the SFTC Consortium and extends active cooperation to SFT.

*Sport for Tomorrow is a program which the Government of Japan promotes to contribute to the international community through sport. The program aims at sharing the values of sport and Olympic and Paralympic movement with more than 10 million people of all generations in over 100 countries.