Speaker Isao Okada
Professor, Osaka Seikei University /Abe Fellow(2015)
When Friday, November 16, 2018, from 2:30 4:30 p.m.
Where Sakura Hall, 2nd Floor, The Japan Foundation Headquarters Main Building AccessExternal link
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Outline In recent years the costs of hosting the Olympic Games have ballooned. China spent 40 billion (USD) on infrastructure investment for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Russia spent 50 billion (USD) on the 2012 Sochi Winter Olympics. Beyond the initial investment to reform and construct, who knows how much these gigantic sports-facilities will accrue for maintenance and operation after the attention-gathering events are over? Without a way to manage them in the post-Olympic period so that income sufficiently covers maintenance expenses, host cities and their tax payers risk footing the bill. As we look forward to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, how can we insure sustainable maintenance? Is there a magic formula to turn Olympic facilities into “positive legacies”? This talk will focus on the main stadiums constructed or refurbished for the summer games. Built to accommodate an audience of upwards of 70,000 spectators, these large-scale facilities have been particularly difficult to manage and maintain. I will examine the lessons that can be learned from recent Olympics since the 1972 Munich Games.
Language Presentation in Japanese with English questions accepted.
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Speaker Profile

Isao Okada: Professor, Faculty of management, Department of Sports Management at Osaka Seikei University. He had worked for the Mainichi Newspapers from 1988 to 2018. At Mainichi he served as a senior staff writer of Economic News Department and Sports News Department, and the deputy editor of Arts and Cultural News Department. His education includes a B.A. in law from Soka University (Japan) and a M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He received a Fulbright Journalist fellowship in 2007, spending time at Harvard University. He was an Abe Fellow in 2016-2017. During his Abe Fellowship period he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Oxford University, visiting ten cities that hosted summer Olympics, researching how each city dealt with the problems of maintaining and utilizing facilities built for the Olympics. He is a member of the Japanese Association for Sports Management and the American Marketing Association. He has published, in Japanese, a book on “Why is Major League Baseball So Profitable?”

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