Dai Tamesue

The Appeal of Tokyo for Dai Tamesue

There is an athletic field in Yoyogi Park, and tracks in front of train stations of Sendagaya and Komazawa. To play professional sports, a good aspect of Tokyo is having a good environment developed in the city center.

But, and I think this is an issue throughout Japan, not just in Tokyo, although they are properly managed and can be used a long time, the procedures to use them are a big hassle.

On the other hand, there is a low hurdle for such use in Europe. Alongside professional players practicing in the early morning at the stadium, you see kids playing soccer, fathers drinking beer, grandfathers playing croquet or taking walks. I was impressed by the scene with all generations gathered in the stadium. It's a sight you don't see much in Japan.

Also, in the States, there are cases where bringing sports to an area where many people do not speak English reduced the crime rate. In Tokyo facilities are well developed, so if we open these widely to the general public, I think we can change society for the better.

Many foreigners live in Tokyo, and I think more Japanese are communicating with them. And Tokyo has much better security than big cities overseas, so after a few years, maybe a new type of international city can be born which has good security.

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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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