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Tokyo 2020 establishes New Advisory Meeting

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced the establishment of the Tokyo 2020 Advisory Meeting which includes two-time Paralympic Winter Games gold medallist in alpine skiing Kuniko Obinata. 05 Jun 2014
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee was formally established on Friday (24 January 2014)

ⒸShugo Takemi

The Advisory Meeting is an ‘All Japan’ team made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society

The third Executive Board meeting on Thursday (5 June) confirmed the formation of the Advisory Meeting, which comprises a total of 170 leading figures from major domestic stakeholders. The new meeting is spearheaded by Prime Minister Shinzo ABE, who will serve as Chairperson and Supreme Advisor.

The Advisory Meeting is an ‘All Japan’ team made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society, and will assist the Organising Committee in its efforts to stir the nation’s passion and excitement towards 2020.

Prominent members of the meeting include:

- Taro ASO as Special Advisor (Olympian and President of the Diet Members’ League for the Promotion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games)

- Sadako OGATA as Special Advisor (Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Special Advisor to President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA])

- Sadayuki SAKAKIBARA as Special Advisor (Chairman of the Japan Business


- Yoshihide SUGA as Special Advisor (Chief Cabinet Secretary)

- Yoshiaki TSUTSUMI as Special Advisor (Supreme Advisor to the Japanese

Olympic Committee)

- Naoko TAKAHASHI as Advisor (Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the women’s marathon, and winner of the People’s Honour Award)

- Christel TAKIGAWA as Advisor (Former Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee “Cool Tokyo” Ambassador and recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France)

- Mariko KIDA as Advisor (First Soloist, Royal Swedish Opera Ballet)

- Misako KONNO as Advisor (Actress and United Nations Development Programme

Goodwill Ambassador)

- Kuniko OBINATA as Advisor (Double gold medallist in Paralympic women’s alpine skiing and Member of the Central Council for Education’s Subdivision on Sports and Youth, established under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Other notable members include the Governors of the three prefectures most affected by the

2011 earthquake and tsunami. The diverse membership will support preparations and operations for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games from a variety of perspectives. The Advisory Meeting is composed of a Chairperson, three Supreme Advisors, eight Special Advisors and a number of official Advisors of which 20% are female. These appointments complete the key components of Tokyo 2020, and the Advisory Meeting is scheduled to hold its first session this autumn. The Executive Board remains the highest decision making body of TOKYO 2020. (A full list of the 170 members of the Advisory Meeting is available at

The Executive Board also welcomed its newest member Haruyuki TAKAHASHI, Chairman of Commons, at Thursday’s meeting, bringing the total number of Executive Board members to 35.

In addition, the Executive Board gave its approval to changes in the organisational structure of the Organising Committee, which have been made with a view to further enhancing governance and strengthening the overall organisation. The Tokyo 2020 head office now comprises the following 10 bureaus:

- Administration

- Planning and Finance

- Engagement

- Marketing

- International Relations, Sports and Games Operations

- Games Preparations and Operations

- Security

- Telecommunications

- Venues

- Coordination of Infrastructure

A Chief Compliance Officer has been designated to oversee enhanced compliance, while a newly appointed Chief Financial Officer will ensure strong financial management. A total of 12 Counsellors have been assigned to provide expertise and advice to the Chief Executive Officer with regard to specific head office activities.