A volunteer PR event will be held for Tokyo 2020!

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The commencement of volunteer recruitment for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in mid-September is drawing closer. The volunteer PR event will be held at Tokyo Skytree Town on July 24, which is two years before the Games begin. We look forward to seeing you.

Event Overview

Date and Time
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN® Sky Arena
(Address:Oshiage 1-1-2, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Free (No registration required)

Stage Event

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Explanation about volunteer recruitment for Tokyo 2020 Games.
In the talk session, an Olympian, a Paralympian and past volunteers will talk about the appeal of being a volunteer.
  • Profile photo of Aya Terakawa

    Aya Terakawa
    Sportscaster and Japanese Olympic Swimmer at the Athens and London Olympics

    Aya Terakawa started swimming at the age of three. In her second year of high school in 2001 she competed in her first World Swimming Championships, and in the following year she won silver in the women's 200 meter backstroke at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. She then went on to compete in both the Athens and London Olympics, and three World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Shanghai, and Barcelona, as well as a number of international competitions. She won two bronzes at the London Olympics in the 100 meter backstroke and 400 meter medley relay. Terakawa holds the Japanese records in the women's 50 meter and 100 meter backstroke. After she announced her retirement in December 2013, she has had a successful career in various areas including sportscasting. She is a mother of one child.

  • Profile photo of Takuro Yamada

    Takuro Yamada
    Rio Paralympics Swimming Men's 50m Freestyle Bronze Medalist

    Takuro Yamada was born with a congenital defect of his left forearm. He started swimming at three years old, and began attracting attention from his junior years. Yamada competed at the FESPIC Youth Games for the first time in 2003, and his entry as a thirteen year-old at Athens in 2004 made him the youngest Japanese athlete of all time to participate in the Paralympic Games. In 2010, he enrolled at University of Tsukuba and joined its swimming club. In 2014, Yamada joined NTT DOCOMO, INC. and has since kept up his training as a working swimmer. At his fourth Paralympics at Rio, Yamada won the bronze medal in the 50m freestyle (S9 class). He is currently a worker as well as well as an active athlete continuing to train daily for Tokyo 2020.

  • Profile photo of Masae Shinjo

    Masae Shinjo
    Rio 2016 Games Volunteer

    After working as a vice president at a foreign bank, she became independent in 2014. Using her knowledge and experience to provide language classes, she has cultivated many bilinguals. In her private life, she has been participating in a variety of volunteer activities since elementary school. Through lectures and writing, she widely shares her experience as a volunteer interpreter at the Rio 2016 as well as explains 3,000 kinds of volunteer roles.

  • Profile photo of Takahiro Hirakawa

    Takahiro Hirakawa
    Boccia athlete/Tokyo Marathon volunteer

    A wheelchair user born with cerebral palsy, Mr. Hirakawa met boccia and won the silver medal at the 2011 Chiba Boccia Championships. At present, he continues to train to participate in various tournaments. He also spends his time actively getting involved in volunteer activities - including the Tokyo Marathon in which he took part for two consecutive years.

  • Profile photo of Yoshio Kojima

    Yoshio Kojima

    Yoshio Kojima is a solo comedian who graduated from Waseda University. In May 2007, he ranked 5th on the global YouTube weekly play rankings, which put him in the limelight. In the same year, his phrase of "it doesn't matter" reached the Top 10 ranking for Buzzword of the Year. In 2014, Kojima obtained a NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association) certification for Kids Coordination Training. With his fresh jokes, he brings smiles and energy to all of Japan. In his private life, Kojima is learning English in a variety of ways, such as living with an American teacher and actively communicating with people from other countries in tourist areas.

In addition, other past volunteers will participate in this event.

Volunteer PR Booth

2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Aside from a corner where you can experience communicating with non-Japanese speakers using ICT, there will also be videos of volunteers at past Games and a display of uniforms and panels.

For Further Information and Inquiries

Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tel: +81-3-5388-2266