Volunteer Symposium for the Upcoming Tokyo 2020 : Exploring the Essence of Volunteerism

Image illustration of the volunteerism symposium

The recruitment of volunteers for Tokyo 2020 will be started in the summer of 2018.

This symposium will bring together Olympians, Paralympians and various volunteers, to discuss the essential role that volunteers will play in welcoming visitors from around the world in 2020.

Symposium Overview

Date and Time
Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Venue
Bellesalle Akihabara, 2nd Floor Hall
Sumitomo Real Estate Akihabara Building
3-12-8, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

<Access to the Venue>
  • A 4 minute walk from Akihabara Station, Electric Town exit (JR Line)
  • A 5 minute walk from Akihabara Station, A3 exit (Tsukuba Express)
  • A 7 minute walk from Akihabara Station, No. 2 exit (Hibiya Line)

Map illustration of the area around Bellesalle Akihabara
Seating Capacity
600 people (If we receive a large number of registrations, attendees will be chosen through a random selection process.)

Guest Member Profiles

  • 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 record 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 Shinji Negi

    Shinji Negi
    Japanese Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball Player at the Sydney Paralympics

    Born in 1964, Shinji Negi played soccer while in high school. In his final year of high school he injured his spinal cord in a traffic accident. He competed in the Sydney Paralympics as the captain of the Japanese men's national wheelchair basketball team. He is currently the vice chairperson of the Paralympians Association of Japan and gives talks at various primary and junior high schools, promoting social participation of people with disabilities.

  • Profile photo of Lou Oshiba

    Lou Oshiba
    (Birth name: Toru Oshiba)
    An actor, comedian, and tea master, from Tokyo.

    After finishing high school, he traveled through Europe and the US for several years, then returned to Japan, working as a TV presenter, model, and actor. He was involved in the creation of the eco-awareness song “Mottainai” for the NHK TV program “Minna no Uta.” Since then he has been a supporter of the Mottainai Campaign, initiated by Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, and has been actively engaged in various volunteer activities, from picking up litter in the neighborhood, to cleaning up Mount Fuji. In 2009 he was appointed as a “Global Handwashing Ambassador” of the Japan Committee for UNICEF. He has been involved in initiatives aimed at increasing public awareness concerning the situation of children around the world, and also global health issues. His projects include the “Global Handwashing Dance,” designed to teach children proper handwashing while also having fun dancing.

Registration

How to register

Registration by Postcard
Send a reply-paid postcard to the address below, stating your name, address, age, sex, occupation, and phone numbers; whether you require a wheelchair accessible seat or sign language interpreting services (only in Japanese); and whether you need childcare services (for preschool children aged 1–6), with your child’s name and age.
Volunteer Symposium Office
C/O Scale Inc.
2-23-1 Nishi-Shimbashi 3 Toyo Kaiji Building 9F
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003
Registration by Fax
Send a fax to the fax number below, stating your name, address, age, sex, occupation, and phone and fax numbers; whether you require a wheelchair accessible seat or sign language interpreting services (only in Japanese); and whether you need childcare services (for preschool children aged 1–6), with your child’s name and age.
FAX: +81-3-5425-1845
* If you do not own a fax machine, please do not register by fax.
Online Registration
Submit the online registration form.

The online registration form can be found here.(only in Japanese)

Registration Deadline

Friday, December 22, 2017
(The deadline for online and fax registration is 11:59 p.m., December 22.If you register by postcard, the postcard must be sent on or before December 22, as indicated by the postmark.)

* After December 22, the result of the selection will be sent out to all those who have registered, by postcard, fax, or email, depending on how you registered.
Please note that if we receive more than one applications from the same person, only one application will be accepted. The personal information you entered will be managed properly, and it will not be used for no other purpose than for this Symposium.

For Further Information and Inquiries

Volunteer Symposium Office (Weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
C/O Scale Inc.
2-23-1 Nishi-Shimbashi 3 Toyo Kaiji Building 9F
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0003
Tel: +81-3-5860-1040
Fax: +81-3-5425-1845
E-Mail:info(at)vol-sympo2018.com