On 26th January 2022, Masatoshi Mukoyama, JRFU Head of International Cooperation, served as a panelist at SPORT FOR TOMORROW Symposium 2022. The symposium reviewed and summarised the 7 year long track record of Sport for Tomorrow movement (SFT), and Masatoshi Mukoyama was invited as a panelist alongside with other key figures including Junichi Kawai, the Chairman of Japan Paralympic Committee, and Yuko Arimori, an Olympic Marathon medalist and the Representative Director of NPO Heart of Gold.
Mukoyama briefly explained the outline of Asian Scrum Project, which commenced in 2011, campaigning Rugby World Cup for Asia. When he was asked about the uniqueness of SFT, he emphasized;
- the significant values of collaborative projects with Rugby World Cup, Olympic and Paralympic, and the enhanced alignment between sport governing bodies and international cooperation entities,
- which accelerated the new Japan Rugby Vision “to lead global Rugby, and to play a key role in social changes beyond sports”,
- achieving the target of serving society and protect the world using the power of Rugby, one of eight targets defined in the JAPAN RUGBY Mid-Term Strategic Plan 2021-2024.
Mukoyama stressed that the renewal of SFT framework would be highly appreciated, and he would commit further to evolve the collaborative network with social contribution entities and hoped to continue to cumulate the experience and utilise the human resources grown through SFT.
Mukoyama added that, while promoting Asian Scrum Project, he evaluates the past programs and identify the room for improvements, and for that purpose, he would need some help from Japan Sport Council or expert consultants.