The Paralympics are coming to Japan!
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Japan is pleased to be a member of the Paralliance, a coalition of 20 international chambers of commerce in Japan, with a mission to “support Japan’s delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, fostering a legacy of more inclusive communities and embracing opportunities for international business and exchange”.
Members of the Paralliance are:
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ)
Australia / New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ)
Austrian Business Council (ABC)
Belgian-Luxemborg Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BLCCJ)
British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ)
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ)
CCI France Japon (CCIFJ)
Danish Chamber of Commerce and Industry Japan (DCCJ)
German Chamber of Commerce and Industry Japan (DIHKJ)
Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan (GCCJ)
Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ)
Icelandic Chamber of Commerce Japan
Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC)
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ICCJ)
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ)
Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (NCCJ)
South African Chamber of Commerce Japan,
Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SpCCJ)
Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (SCCJ)
Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry Japan (SCCJ)
This joint alliance was created to support the success of Japan’s 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games. The Paralympics are a global celebration of diversity and inclusion, sporting achievement, and personal endeavour.
The projected economic impact of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics has been severely affected by the COVID19 pandemic. In 2019, according to an estimate by the Metropolis of Tokyo, economic gains associated with hosting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics would be to the tune of about JPY14 trillion in the city of Tokyo alone, until FY2030. About 2 trillion yen was expected to be spent as investment and expenditure directly relating to the hosting of the Olympics, and JPY12 trillion was to be generated based on initiatives by the Metropolis Tokyo towards post-event legacy. The economic ripple effect of the Olympics and Paralympics was anticipated to spread positively across the country with the gross amount of gains expected to be in the vicinity of JPY32 trillion.
While the economic impact remains entirely uncertain, the Paralympics have the potential to have a huge social impact on society. Paralympic athletes are role models for the younger generation, and can become public figures for change and advocacy on relevant issues. The Paralympics also have helped stimulate conversations and infrastructure projects around mobility and accessibility within Japan. The Games also help with the continuous investment in the Paralympic sport. There are said to be 17,699 schools in 47 different prefectures that are taking part in educational awareness programmes regarding the Paralympics. The Games also help bring more visibility to disability sport as a tool for social inclusion of disabled people.
‘Sport has the power to change the world and our future. The Tokyo 1964 Games completely transformed Japan. The Tokyo 2020 Games, as the most innovative in history, will bring positive reform to the world by building on three core concepts: “Striving for your personal best (Achieving Personal Best)” “Accepting one another (Unity in Diversity)” “Passing on Legacy for the future (Connecting to Tomorrow)”’ – International Paralympic Committee statement
20 International Chambers of Commerce in Japan are Joining Forces in Pursuit of a Larger Goal
Our Mission is to:
“Support Japan’s delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, fostering a legacy of more inclusive communities and embracing opportunities for international business and exchange”
Participating Chambers of Commerce will collectively support the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Committee in its delivery of an outstanding and popular games.
- exchange knowledge of best practices
- compile and share a master calendar of events
- channel combined resources into the delivery of 1 large event
Join us in connecting people in Japan and around the world to create a groundbreaking and inclusive celebration of sport and community!
Paralliance – A discussion with the International Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) remains upbeat about hosting the Paralympic Games in 2021 and leaving a valuable legacy, even in the face of uncertain and challenging times ahead. Representatives addressed members of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) on August 24 in a special one-year-to-go webinar hosted by the Paralliance, a group of 20 international chambers of commerce formed to support Paralympic-related activity in Japan. Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, said postponing the Paralympics had not been an easy decision for organisers, but it remains the right one, as offering a safe environment is of utmost importance.
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