How can sports bring Tokyo to life? Presented by: Masumi Kuwata and Dai Tamesue

  • Discussion 1

    Appeal of living in Tokyo

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  • Discussion 2

    Attractions of playing sports in Tokyo
    1. Attractions of watching sports in Tokyo
    2. How to develop Tokyo as a sports city
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  • Discussion 3

    Your questions
    1. How can we create more opportunities to play sports with people overseas, from a young age?
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  • Discussion 4

    Their applications of &TOKYO
    • Applications of FAIR PLAY & TOKYO
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The appeal of &TOKYO for them

  • Recently, when we had heavy snow fall and the train stopped running, I was really impressed by the sight of people waiting for the train in clean, orderly lines on the stairs in cold. I think fair play is important in any context, not only in sport. I think it's also very important for Olympics in the future. (Masumi Kuwata)

  • If I'm going to do something for "FAIR PLAY & TOKYO," I want to gather things about Tokyo's fair play atmosphere, not only for sports. I think it would be good to gather photos like the scene you saw on the snowy day, or of elementary school children walking hand in hand with their younger sisters, and so on.
    I feel those would be good for FAIR PLAY & TOKYO. (Dai Tamesue)

USER'S VOICE

Here we present some of the various opinions you posted on Twitter.

  • If baseball becomes an Olympic event again, I personally would like to see an amateur national team play. As a former professional baseball player, what do you think about this, Mr. Kuwata? And what do you think, Mr. Tamesue, as an Olympic athlete? #andtokyo

  • It would be good if we create more opportunities to play sports with people overseas, from a young age. #andtokyo

Panelist Profiles

  • Masumi Kuwata

    Born in Osaka in 1968. Served as an ace pitcher for PL Gakuen High School, a school renowned for its high school baseball team, from his first year. Along with his teammates, appeared at the Koshien baseball tournament five seasons in a row, winning the finals twice and the semifinals twice. Achieved a Koshien record of 20 victories (a post-WWII record) and 6 home runs (tieing the post-WWII record for second place).1986: Drafted by the Yomiuri Giants in the first round.2006: Left the Yomiuri Giants after a 21-year, 173-win career to join Major League Baseball (MLB). Earned a string of titles and honors, including the Eiji Sawamura Award, Central League MVP Award, Best Nine, best earned-run average and best strikeout record.2007: Joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in his MLB debut. Retired the following year, in March 2008.2010: Completed Master's Degree in Sport Sciences at Waseda University.2011: Although supervising and actively coaching the Aso Giants, a youth baseball team, while still on active roster, he launched an NPO called Amici del Cuore to provide baseball training to children and spread coaching methods suitable for a new age.

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  • Dai Tamesue

    Born in Hiroshima in 1978. Became the first Japanese athlete to win a medal at an international track-and-field tournament. Set the Japanese record for the men's 400m hurdles (as of October 2014). Awarded bronze medals in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships twice, once at Edmonton in 2001 and once at Helsinki in 2005.
    Appeared in the Olympics three times, at Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Turned professional athelete in 2003. Retired in 2012, ending his 25-year career in track and field.
    Currently active in a wide range of fields including sports, society, education and research, through organizations such as Athlete Society (founded in 2010), Tamesue University (founded in 2012) and Xiborg (founded in 2014).

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