Discovering Japan’s sports landscape through White Paper on Sport and Sports-Life Data 

Jul 4, 2024

The Sasakawa Sports Foundation (SSF), Japan's only sports-oriented think tank, published the White Paper on Sport, and Sports-Life Data of Children and Young people in Japan, which shows Japan’s sports landscape.

1. White Paper on Sport in Japan 

The White Paper on Sport in Japan, issued by Sasakawa Sports Foundation every three years, is a comprehensive guide to sports in Japan. The latest 2023 version is written by over 70 specialists and practitioners based on a data-driven analysis of the current sports life and situation in Japan. It covers a variety of topics and consists of detailed data, facts, and figures obtained through the Sasakawa Sports Foundation’s engagement in the mission to create a "Sport for Everyone society” and promote lifelong sports. 

Reading through this White Paper leads you to uncover insights into how the country’s sport administration system operates, the trends in promoting sport integrity, the frequency of participation in sport and physical activities, how and where people with disabilities enjoy sports, the number of staff members engaged in local sport administration, etc. 

English version of White Paper on Sport in Japan 2023 consists of the following chapters. 

  1. Sport Policy 
  1. Sport Participation 
  1. Disability Sport 
  1. Human Resources for Sports 
  1. Sports Clubs 
  1. High Performance Sport 

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2. Sports Life-Data of Children and Young people in Japan 

The Executive Summary of “The 2023 SSF National Sports-Life Survey of Children and Young People” (Survey period: June 24 to July 21, 2023) has become available for download. Under the theme of “Sports-Life and Health of Children and Young People”, it examined the sports-life among 4-21 year olds across different age groups. The summary outlines preferred types of sports, physical activities and media usage time in daily living, interactions with family through sports and play, as well as annual trends in participation frequencies and levels. 

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  1. Frequencies of exercise and sports participation 
  1. Exercise and sports types 
  1. Sports teams/clubs 
  1. Liking for exercise and sports participation 
  1. Sports spectating 
  1. Sports volunteering 
  1. Status of physical activities of daily living 
  1. Media usage time (screen time) 
  1. Frequencies of exercise, sports, and physical play with family 

Sasakawa Sports Foundation (SSF) and Contact details 

The Sasakawa Sports Foundation (SSF) is Japan’s only sports-oriented think tank. SSF is led by a dedicated group of data scientists, researchers, and sports enthusiasts who are committed to improving health and increasing longevity. SSF is supported by the Nippon Foundation. Upon request, SSF will provide raw data (including cross-tabulation results, text in Japanese) from every National Sports-Life Survey taken to date. 




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