170 elementary school children from Fukushima prefecture were invited to the annual “Sports Festival” at the National Training Center in Tokyo. This festival was co-organsied by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the National Agency for the Advancement of Sports and Health (NAASH), the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Japan Sports Association (JASA). As part of its “Gambare! Nippon!” project, the JOC also organised the “Olympic Festa” in Sendai and provided the opportunity for the children to take free lessons by the Olympians in various sports. These series of events were organised to motivate the young children from the recently destructed areas in Tohoku.
In the mid-September, four national agencies of sport (JASA, JOC, the Japan Football Association, JFA and Japan Top League) came together to introduce the “Sports Heart Project” and the “Dream Teachers” project in particular, which had been initiated by JFA, to the six prefectures most affected by the Great Tohoku earthquakes.
October 10th marks the commemorative day of the Opening Ceremony for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and this date has become the national Health and Sport Day since 1966.
Sports Festival (Sports Matsuri): http://www.sports-matsuri.jp/
News release on “Sports Heart Project” – http://www.joc.or.jp/photonews/2011/09/20110915_02.html