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Sports in Japan - statistics & facts

Sports play a significant role in social and cultural life in Japan. While traditional sports such as sumo, kendo, and judo that are deeply rooted in Japanese culture are still popular, imported sports have also grown in popularity among people in Japan, whether for watching or playing. Japanese people usually become engaged in some form of sports from an early age. Physical education begins in earnest in elementary schools, with several practical and theory sessions per week. Sports days and tournaments are regularly held throughout the year, in which teams and individuals compete in various sports. Many children also join sports teams outside of school, making club sports an integral part of their lives with practices before and/or after school.



Promotion and administration

Sports administration involves various ministries and offices, including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Sport Council (JSC), and the National Recreation Association of Japan (NRAJ). Next to government grants, investments, and private sector donations, the Sports Promotion Lottery contributes to the budget for sports-related projects, particularly for the development and enhancement of the sports environment at the community level. Since 2002, profits earned by the lottery have been allocated to more than 27 thousand projects, with an accumulated amount of over 193 billion Japanese yen in contributions. While MEXT is generally responsible for school sports, sports clubs, and regional sports as well as international sports competitions, professional sports are organized by various organizations, such as the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and the Japan Professional Football League (J. League) which are administered by the Cabinet Office.



Participation and attendance

Facing a declining birthrate and an aging society, Japanese citizens are increasingly aware of the importance of sports and healthy lifestyles, with the rate of people practicing sports at least once a week improving to over 50 percent in recent years. Sports spectating has also been consistently prevalent, with professional baseball dominating the first place as a favorite sport to watch on screen or at venues. Additionally, sports betting, especially horse and motorboat races, are also highly enjoyed in Japan. As the hotly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games have been postponed to summer 2021 due to the impact of the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has not been able to materialize the initially expected economic stimulus and craze for sports in the Japanese society.

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Sports in Japan - statistics & facts

Sports play a significant role in social and cultural life in Japan. While traditional sports such as sumo, kendo, and judo that are deeply rooted in Japanese culture are still popular, imported sports have also grown in popularity among people in Japan, whether for watching or playing. Japanese people usually become engaged in some form of sports from an early age. Physical education begins in earnest in elementary schools, with several practical and theory sessions per week. Sports days and tournaments are regularly held throughout the year, in which teams and individuals compete in various sports. Many children also join sports teams outside of school, making club sports an integral part of their lives with practices before and/or after school.



Promotion and administration

Sports administration involves various ministries and offices, including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Sport Council (JSC), and the National Recreation Association of Japan (NRAJ). Next to government grants, investments, and private sector donations, the Sports Promotion Lottery contributes to the budget for sports-related projects, particularly for the development and enhancement of the sports environment at the community level. Since 2002, profits earned by the lottery have been allocated to more than 27 thousand projects, with an accumulated amount of over 193 billion Japanese yen in contributions. While MEXT is generally responsible for school sports, sports clubs, and regional sports as well as international sports competitions, professional sports are organized by various organizations, such as the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and the Japan Professional Football League (J. League) which are administered by the Cabinet Office.



Participation and attendance

Facing a declining birthrate and an aging society, Japanese citizens are increasingly aware of the importance of sports and healthy lifestyles, with the rate of people practicing sports at least once a week improving to over 50 percent in recent years. Sports spectating has also been consistently prevalent, with professional baseball dominating the first place as a favorite sport to watch on screen or at venues. Additionally, sports betting, especially horse and motorboat races, are also highly enjoyed in Japan. As the hotly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games have been postponed to summer 2021 due to the impact of the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has not been able to materialize the initially expected economic stimulus and craze for sports in the Japanese society.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the {amountStatistics} most important statistics relating to "Sports in Japan".

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