The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center

i enjoy!

Who we are

The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center

Through support from the Nippon Foundation, the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center was established in May 2015 with the objective to ensure the success of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, and promote Paralympic sports. The center’s base, located on the fourth floor of the Nippon Foundation building (Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo), serves as a shared office space for Paralympic national sports federations (there are 28 National federations so far). Here, federations members, affiliated association members, staff members, and para athletes can share an undivided, open-plan office with a universal design that encourages communication among the different federations.

In choosing a design concept for the office, the aim was to provide a work environment in which office staff can feel a sense of pride and constructive tension as they work as one with the para-athletes. The resulting motif was a “stadium”, which embodies the support center’s catchphrase, “i enjoy!”, and reminds both para athletes and sports federation members to enjoy themselves.
At the entrance of the office, a commemorative mural created by the actor and singer, Shingo Katori, depicting the theme “i enjoy!” is on proud display

Finally, the centerpiece of the office is a cylindrical column which design was inspired by the columns and stadium of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It features a 360-degree display (eighteen 55-inch screens) showing nonstop video images of various para sports.

What We Do

Promoting the Paralympic movement

  • 01. Develop the Foundations of Paralympic Sports National Federations
    • Strengthening the organizational foundations of National Para sports Federations
      (establishment of the office, provide human resources, provide office administrative services such as accounting, legal and translation services)
  • 02. Promote Paralympic Education to Achieve Inclusive Society
    • Raise Awareness and Promote the Paralympics
    • Create and Implement the Paralympic Education Contents for Schools and Companies
    • Plan and Deliver Para Sports Events etc
  • 03. Promote Paralympic Volunteering
    • Train volunteer leaders
  • 04. Research of the Paralympics
    • Conduct research of the Paralympic related topics; sports and history
  • 05. Support Global The Paralympic Movements
    • Raise Awareness and Promote Para sports in developing countries
  • 06. Athlete education
    • Nutritional advice
    • Media training
  • 07. Provide Support for Culture and the Arts for persons with disabilities
    • Promoting culture and the artistic activities for persons with disabilities

About us

The Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center

  • FAX+81-3-6229-3722
  • FoundedMay 15, 2015
  • Access

    Subway Access

    From Toranomon Station (Ginza Line)
    (5-minute walk) Take the elevator-equipped Exit 3 and walk along Sotobori Ave. in the direction of Tameike-sanno; cross the intersection in front of the JT Bldg. and you will see the 8-story Nippon Foundation Bldg. in front of you. Or take the elevator-equipped Exit 11 and walk along Sotobori Ave. in the direction of Tameike-sanno; cross the intersection in front of the Patent Office and you will see the Nippon Foundation Bldg.

    From Tameike-sanno Station (Namboku Line / Ginza Line)
    (5-minute walk) Take Exit 9 (or for a barrier-free route take the elevator-equipped Exit 7); cross the Metropolitan Expressway at the intersection and go straight; and you will see the 8-story Nippon Foundation Bldg. on your right.

    From Kokkai-gijidomae Station (Marunouchi Line / Chiyoda Line)
    (5-minute walk) Take Exit 3 and turn left and go straight; cross Sotobori Ave. and you will see the 8-story Nippon Foundation Bldg. For barrier-free access, take the elevator-equipped Exit 2 from the Marunouchi Line, and then avoid the stairs on the sidewalk near the Patent Office.

    Access from Tokyo Station
    Take the Marunouchi Line to Kokkai-gijidomae Station. (7 minutes via train)

    Access from Haneda Airport
    Take the Keikyu Line from the airport to Shimbashi Station and then change to the Ginza Line to Toranomon Station. (40 to 50 minutes via train) Take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, change to the JR Line to Shimbashi Station, and then change to the Ginza Line to Toranomon Station. (40 to 50 minutes via train)

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  • Map of the area surrounding the Nippon Foundation building


Challenge for Tomorrow

The Paralympics has the power to move the spirit, change misconceptions, to encourage and inspire people, and more importantly increase awareness towards people with disabilities.

Great opportunities have arrived.

“The games are considered to be the best event for driving societal change for the better of everyone.”

Sir Philip Craven
President of the International Paralympic Committee

With athletes, supporting staff, and spectators dedicated to the Paralympic values of ‘Courage’, ‘Determination’, ‘Inspiration’ and ‘Equality’, each one of us will be an essential player for success 2020 and beyond.

Based on these Paralympic values, we at the Paralympic Support Center endeavour to trigger an upward spiral of change that will shift stereotypical mindsets to create a fully inclusive society.

(Dis)ability is often considered as having less ability. When we showcase the endless potential that each member of the society has, we discover a better future.

We challenge to take action for better tomorrow.

Challenge for tomorrow.

Foundation Boards


Yasushi Yamawaki (Governing Board Member of International Paralympic Committee)


Kazuo Ogura (Former Secretary General,Council, Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee)

Chief Executive Officer

Nao Ozawa (Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation Volunteer Support Center)


Koki Anraku (Certified Public Tax Accountant)


Akie Abe (Chairman, Foundation for Social Contribution)

Mitsunori Torihara (Chairman, Japanese Paralympic Committee)

Yasuhiro Yamashita (President, Japanese Olympic Committee)

Junichi Kawai (Chairman, Paralympians Association of Japan)

Takeju Ogata (President, The Nippon Foundation)

Supreme Advisor

Yoshiro Mori (President, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)

Special Advisor

Yuriko Koike(Governor of Tokyo)

Fujio Mitarai (Honorary President, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)

Yohei Sasakawa (Chairman, The Nippon Foundation)

Organizational Chart