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President's Message

Innovating Nippon Sport Science University – escape from the wanderings of modernity

President Ryosho Tanigama

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Takanori Ishii, and it is my honor to have been appointed President of Nippon Sport Science University this year. 2021 marks the 130th anniversary of this University. Its founding in 1891 came at the dawning of the age of organized sport and physical education worldwide. Globally, it was in the year that basketball was invented in the United States. Three years later, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded in France. And two years after that, the first modern Olympic Games were held in Greece.

As such, Nippon Sport Science University is part of the story of the emergence of modern sport and its propagation around the world. Since then, the role played by sport has changed and expanded dramatically. This has come about in part because what we need from sport has changed. Sport is woven into the fabric of our lives, adding a little something extra to our days.

Today, we find ourselves in the second year of the coronavirus pandemic and our lives have been turned upside down. What was once routine has become anything but. People’s movement is restricted to their own country and travel across national borders is highly complicated. The phenomenon of globalization which has powered modern society has been stopped in its tracks. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have taken a direct hit. The success of Tokyo 2020 will depend on what parts of the sports system we have inherited from the modern age to leave behind and how the system can be rebuilt. In this sense, I hope that the Tokyo Games will demonstrate a way forward for the new age of sport.

Now there are major changes afoot in the modern sports system. In this changing world, Nippon Sport Science University is on a journey to becoming a new university, adaptable to major change and the new normal. Our current watchword is Nittai isshin, or “Innovating Nippon Sport Science University”. A new university is emerging.

Takanori Ishii, President, Nippon Sport Science University
April 1, 2021

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