The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19, and Governance and Gender in Japanese Sports

The Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19, and Governance and Gender in Japanese Sports

Thursday, May 6, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This event is being held virtually via Zoom. Please register for the webinar via the following link:

  • Yuko Arimori,
  • Dai Tamesue

The Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics Games are scheduled to open in late July with various adjustments to address concerns about COVID-19 such as no foreign visitors to watch the game. The unusual Olympics has sparked heated debates in Japan and elsewhere, but what will it look like when it opens and what should the organizers seek to accomplish? In the process of planning for the Olympics, a number of issues around governance and gender in Japanese sports associations got exposed. How should we go about resolving these issues and create an environment that is most desirable for athletes? Our seminar features two prominent former Olympians who continue to wield significant influence in Japanese sports scenes, Yuko Arimori and Dai Tamesue, to discuss these issues and the future of the Japanese sports world beyond the Tokyo Olympics. Moderated by our program director Kiyoteru Tsutsui, the seminar includes a Q&A session featuring questions from the audience. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. 




This event will be held in Japanese. Simultaneous translation will be offered. 


Yuko Arimori
Yuko Arimori was born in 1966 in Okayama prefecture. After graduating from Nippon Sport Science University, she joined Recruit. She won silver and bronze medals in the women's marathon event at the Barcelona Olympics and the Atlanta Olympics, which marked the beginning of the “Golden era of the Marathon” for Japanese female athletes. She became the first professional marathon runner in the country after the Atlanta Olympics. After her retirement, in addition to her running and marathon activities, she has served as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Sports and Active Social Committee, Director of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, a Representative Director of the Heart of Gold, a president of Special Olympics Nippon, and Vice President of the University Sports Association (UNIVAS). In June 2010, she was the first Japanese to win the (IOC) Women and Sports Award.



Dai Tamesue
Dai Tamesue, born in 1978 in Hiroshima, is the first Japanese medalist in a world competition for a sprint event.  He also participated in three Olympics and holds the Japanese record for men's 400m hurdles (as of April 2021). Dai currently serves as CEO of Deportare Partners. He is also the Director of Shin-toyosu Brillia Running Stadium, and the author of “Winning Alone” "The Philosophy of Running" "The Strength to Give Up," among other titles.

1978年広島県生まれ。スプリント種目の世界大会で日本人として初のメダル獲得者。男子400メートルハードルの日本記録保持者(2021年4月現在)。現在は執筆活動、会社経営を行う。Deportare Partners代表。新豊洲Brilliaランニングスタジアム館長。Youtube為末大学(Tamesue Academy)を運営。主な著作に『Winning Alone』『走る哲学』『諦める力』など。



Kiyoteru Tsutsui
Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi Professor and Senior Fellow in Japanese Studies at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also Director of the Japan Program, a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and a Professor of Sociology. He is the author of Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan (Oxford University Press, 2018), co-editor of Corporate Responsibility in a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2021).