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Atsuya Furuta argues for a sports ministry / agency

by on Mar.11, 2010 @ 3:07 pm, under Other

Atsuya Furuta, former rugby player Seiji Hirao, and track and field athlete Nobuhara Asahara appeared in front of a government panel on Wednesday to discuss the need for a sports ministry / agency.

Furuta and Hirao feel that a ministry would help unify sports in Japan and raise the general level of competition.  Asahara added that it could also help provide a network of support to various groups, including retired athletes that are trying to start their "second" careers.

If I'm not mistaken, some of this also has to do with Japan's performance during international competitions like the Olympics.