Creating and passing on a society in which people can enjoy new lifestyles through sports
Donation registration alone will be reopened in early October.
I am the Special Advisor to the Japan for UNHCR (J4U), the former Chairman of J4U and a former UNHCR Representative in Japan.This is the 6th time I run the Tokyo Marathon as a charity runner
My first charity marathon was when I was 66 years old. I finished in 6 hours and 6 minutes and got into marathon. I am 71 years old and run 10 kilometers 3 times a week.I dropped out of high school because of illness. Marathon has changed my life completely.
We can enjoy marathon in peaceful Japan. But refugees cannnot - they have to run to escape harms. They do not see the goal no matter how long they run, and there are neither water points nor cheering (but jeering).
I will run Tokyo Marathon 2019 with those refugees in mind, hoping that we togher can be of some help to them.
The key insight is that everybody can be a refugee one day. It is not about them, but about us. The refugee problem is about our potential existence in the future. We need to exercise our imagination, employ our mental facilities for compassion, to address and try to ameliorate, and hopefully solve, the social problems leading to the plight of refugees, who are our brothers and sisters. That's why I support the UNHCR. That's the reason why I run in the Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity. My running would be an expression of my compassion, care, and resolution to do more, to bring about a brighter future for all of us, in which every one of us can call this wonderful planet "home".