Greeting from the Executive Director
Etsuko Ogasawara, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport
Professor of Sport Management, the Graduate School of Health and Sport Science at Juntendo University
Japan will be hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have received considerable attention from the world; how Japan will make it an unforgettable event, and what preparation they are doing.
We are facing the situation where many changes are happening. In this time, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) outsourced the project called “Female athletes strategic support” to Juntendo University in 2011 for 2 years. As the final report, we published “Female Athletes Strategic Support Planning Report (full and short version)”. In this report, we proposed recommendations supporting plans for female athletes toward 2020.
Furthermore this year, Juntendo University opened the “Japanese Center for Research on Women in Sport (JCRWS)” with the support from MEXT. This government grant is given to private colleges, identified as “Strategic support planning to develop a foundation of research institution”. The JCRWS is carrying out this female athletes support per its research effort. The next five years, we will be focusing on “establishing research in the area of conditioning (including female athlete triad)and management of female athletes.
The JCRWS was established by collaboration between the illustrious Juntendo University’s Graduate School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Health and Sports Science. Moreover, “Women's Sports Medicine Clinic” opened for the first time in Japan at the two locations, Juntendo Hospital (Hongo) and Urayasu Hospital.
We strongly believe that female athletes are going to flourish more and more; and it is important to support them and improve their surrounding environment. We are working very hard to achieve our goals by utilizing our networks in and outside of Japan. We appreciate your help and support.