Passing the Torch: Japan and Canada's Friendship through Sport


On the occasion of Japan hosting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we would like to welcome you to this virtual event celebrating the friendship and people-to-people exchanges between Japan and Canada through sport! With the support of many organizations including local Japanese cultural groups, this website features a ton of information and interactive content, including videos and details about Japanese host towns. We hope this site deepens the relations between our two nations. 

Canada Olympic Medal Count  (as of July 26)
4 total
1 2 1

Find out what's going on now! Follow the latest performances by Canadian athletes on social media!
Team Canada CDN Paralympics CBC Olympics
 TOKYO 2020 Official  MOFA Japan x Sport  TOKYO 2020 Athletes @TeamCanada
 Tricia Smith, President of COC  David Shoemaker, CEO of COC  Marc-André Fabien, President of CPC

Video Messages

Celebrate this special occasion by exploring the many sports-related connections between Canada and Japan through short video messages. Each message cheering on our athletes is delivered by a representative of an organization related to Team Canada, including the Ambassador of the host country of the Tokyo Games, and the Ottawa Japanese Community Association, an organization dedicated to strengthening the ties between Canada and Japan through activities such as sport.
H.E. KAWAMURA Yasuhisa,
Ambassador of Japan to Canada
Hon. Adam van Koeverden,
Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage

Ms. Tricia Smith,
President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)
Mr. Marc-André Fabien,
President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)

Ms. Melisa Kamibayashi-Staples,
President of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA)


Kakehashi Project participants competing at Tokyo 2020!

The Kakehashi Project is a people-to-people exchange program sponsored by the Government of Japan. Each year thousands of people, including many Canadians, visit Japan under this program to "bridge" the gap between their two nations.

In 2018, nine Canadian athletes participated in this program, three of whom will be competing in Tokyo 2020: Ms. Jacqueline Simoneau (Artistic Swimming), Ms. Claudi Holzner (Artistic Swimming) and Ms. Eleanor Harvey (Fencing). As symbols of Japan and Canada's friendship through sport, we will eagely watch their performances in Tokyo, while wishing them great success!


Explore Japan through Host Towns

The Host Town Initiative aims to connect Japanese local towns with countries and regions taking part in the Tokyo Games and to have various exchanges in terms of sports, culture, economy, etc. Through their respective Host Towns, participating countries and regions can develop long-term relationship with Japanese local towns.
See messages from Host Towns >>>

Local Japanese Artists Cheer on Team Japan and Team Canada

Many Japanese and Japanese-Canadian artists sent us videos celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
Watch videos>>>

The Embassy of Japan in Canada and Sport

The Embassy of Japan in Canada has been supporting and promoting people-to-people exchange through sport. Take a look at our previous sport-relaed events!

We will also never forget Rugby Canada's spirit of fair play at the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019!
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Related Websites

Satisfy your desire for sports and Olympic-related information by going directly to the source. Each of the official websites below are regularly updated with the latest news and content. Whether you want to watch or learn you can immerse yourself in the spirit of the Games!

Olympic/Paralympic Organizations and Committees
Canadian Broadcasters