March 6, 2020
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that METI and the Japan Sports Agency jointly formulated the “Guidelines for Selecting Stadiums and Arenas as Exchange Bases Bringing Together a Variety of Generations” (hereinafter referred to as the “guidelines").
1. Background and purpose
The Growth Strategy Follow-ups 2019 (Cabinet Decision on June 21, 2019) stipulates that “as for stadiums and arenas across Japan, Japan should establish 20 bases as exchange bases bringing together a variety of generations during the period from 2017 to 2025.” In light of this goal, the guidelines define procedures for selecting such “stadiums and arenas as exchange bases bringing together a variety of generations,” criteria for selecting them, and other approaches.
2. Overview of the guidelines (for details, see the Appendix)
Respective projects for stadiums and arenas will be assessed by a three-point scale at each stage of: [i] Ideas and Planning, [ii] Designing and Construction and [iii] Operation and Management, according to progress in these projects.
An examination committee of external experts will examine projects for stadiums or arenas and select projects scoring B or above for all scoring items stipulated in the guidelines.
METI and the Japan Sports Agency will publicize the names of selected stadiums and arenas and details of pioneering efforts tackled by leading organizations to which other organizations can refer.
- Appendix：Guidelines for Selecting Stadiums and Arenas as Exchange Bases Bringing Together a Variety of Generations (in Japanese) (PDF:244KB)
- List of related measures that is available for promotion of stadium and arena renovation (in Japanese) (PDF:3,846KB)
3. Advantages for selected projects
METI and the Japan Sports Agency will provide information on related measures to the organizations operating selected projects by priority and will pay special attention to such organizations in implementing a variety of support measures. Specifically, METI (Regional Bureaus of Economy, Trade and Industry, the International Trade Offices) will support such organizations by priority in requesting budgets in advancing related measures, while the Japan Sports Agency will take a measure for adding extra points to such organizations in the agency’s examination of applications for its Project for Promotion of Stadium and Arena Renovation. Moreover, the Japan Sports Agency is considering the selected projects of such organizations as those equivalent to projects conducted under the Plan for Individual Facilities (i.e., Plans for Extending Lives of Individual Facilities under the Basic Plan for Extending Lives of Infrastructures), which is under the framework of the Subsidy Project for Improving Environments of School Facilities (or initiative for developing regional sports facilities). In addition, the Japan Sport Council is regarding the fact that such organizations have conducted the selected projects as one of the favorable points in examinations of applicants for the Subsidy Project Taking Advantage of Lottery for Encouraging Sports and the Subsidy Project for Developing Large-scale Sports Facilities (or Project for Developing J-League Home Stadiums).
4. Future schedule
METI and the Japan Sports Agency will open a call for applicants for projects for stadiums or arenas, targeting municipalities, sports associations and other organizations, every summer during the target period.
Division in Charge
Service Industries Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group