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Tokyo to start 2020 games volunteer recruitment in fiscal 2017

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will ramp up recruitment for some volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics starting in fiscal 2017, it was revealed in a Dec. 6 meeting of the Metropolitan Assembly's special committee on the games.

The metro government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games had earlier announced a plan to begin asking for volunteers in around summer 2018. Under the plan, some 90,000 total volunteers are to be recruited in two categories: "Games volunteers" to manage event venues, and "city volunteers" to help visitors at airports, train stations and the like.

Metro Tokyo is responsible for recruiting the latter category. However, with the Rugby World Cup 2019 set for Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, the metro government believed it was a good idea to have some Olympic and Paralympic volunteers gain experience at the rugby tournament ahead of the 2020 games.

"We will have the volunteers play an active part at the Rugby World Cup, and use the skills they acquire for the 2020 games," the official in charge of the volunteer program told the Tokyo assembly's special committee, adding that officials would also make use of their Rugby World Cup experience in training and management methods.

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