Tokyo hunts for 90,000 volunteers for guiding tourists during the 2020 Games

Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017

TokyoThe Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee are planning to secure more than 90,000 volunteers for welcoming visitors to Japan for the 2020 Games.

For the Tokyo Games, two types of volunteer work are planned – The first one is for manning the venues, which includes guiding spectators at the event facilities and performing front desk jobs, and the other involves guiding visitors to airports, major train stations and sightseeing spots.

Recruiting will begin in summer 2018, followed by application screenings and interviews.

The metro government has therefore started efforts to encourage companies to take up volunteer holiday programs so employees can participate. Some people are already active tourism volunteers who got their start in the metro government’s recruitment program for the 2002 FIFA World Cup soccer finals hosted by Japan and South Korea.

At present, some 2,500 people are registered as volunteers. Their average age is 50, with women accounting for 70 percent of the total. Many of the men are retirees. The metropolitan government plans to tap experienced volunteers who can share their know-how and train volunteers.

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