[Overview of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay]

The Olympic flame is seen as a symbol of peace and hope. For the host nation, the Olympic flame, lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia, Greece, is one of the most powerful symbols of the Olympic Movement, and will be carried around the nation by a relay of torchbearers (TBs). The concept for the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay is gHope Lights Our Way.h As it unites the people around a message of supporting, accepting and encouraging one another, the Olympic flame will symbolise the sunrise of a new era, spreading the hope that will light our way.

¡Concept: Hope Lights Our Way
¡Schedule: 26 March (Thu.) - 24 July (Fri.) 2020 (121 days, including travelling days)
¡Locations: 47 prefectures (excluding the flame lighting ceremony in Greece)
¡Hosted by: The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
¡Co-hosted by: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Prefecture Task Forces
¡Partners: Partner companies of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

[The Olympic Torch Relay]

The Torch Relay will begin with the flame lighting ceremony in Greece. The Olympic flame will then be transported to Japan, where prior to the Relay itself, it will be specially displayed in three prefectures in the Tohoku region, symbolizing a Flame of Recovery for areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. After that, the Torch Relay will begin, as the Olympic flame is carried across Japan.

12 March (Thu.) 2020 Flame Lighting Ceremony in Olympia, Greece
12 March (Thu.) - 19 March (Thu.) 2020 Greek leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay (8 days)
19 March (Thu.) 2020 Flame Hand-over Ceremony in Athens, Greece
20 March (Fri./holiday) 2020 The flame arrives at Matsushima Airbase in Miyagi Prefecture
20 March (Fri.) - 21 March (Sat.) 2020 Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Miyagi Prefecture
22 March (Sun.) - 23 March (Mon.) 2020 Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Iwate Prefecture
24 March (Tue.) - 25 March (Wed.) 2020 Special display of the "Flame of Recovery" in Fukushima Prefecture
26 March (Thu.) 2020 Japanese leg of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay starts from Fukushima Prefecture

List of Relay Dates by Prefecture

1 Fukushima Prefecture 26 March (Thu.) - 28 March (Sat.) 2020
2 Tochigi Prefecture 29 March (Sun.) - 30 March (Mon.) 2020
3 Gunma Prefecture 31 March (Tue.) - 1 April (Wed.) 2020
4 Nagano Prefecture 2 April (Thu.) - 3 April (Fri.) 2020
5 Gifu Prefecture 4 April (Sat.) - 5 April (Sun.) 2020
6 Aichi Prefecture 6 April (Mon.) - 7 April (Tue.) 2020
7 Mie Prefecture 8 April (Wed.) - 9 April (Thu.) 2020
8 Wakayama Prefecture 10 April (Fri.) - 11 April (Sat.) 2020
9 Nara Prefecture 12 April (Sun.) - 13 April (Mon.) 2020
10 Osaka Prefecture 14 April (Tue.) - 15 April (Wed.) 2020
11 Tokushima Prefecture 16 April (Thu.) - 17 April (Fri.) 2020
12 Kagawa Prefecture 18 April (Sat.) - 19 April (Sun.) 2020
13 Kochi Prefecture 20 April (Mon.) - 21 April (Tue.) 2020
14 Ehime Prefecture 22 April (Wed.) - 23 April (Thu.) 2020
15 Oita Prefecture 24 April (Fri.) - 25 April (Sat.) 2020
16 Miyazaki Prefecture 26 April (Sun.) - 27 April (Mon.) 2020
17 Kagoshima Prefecture 28 April (Tue.) - 29 April (Wed.) 2020
18 Okinawa Prefecture May 2 (Sat.) - May 3 (Sun.) 2020
19 Kumamoto Prefecture May 6 (Wed.) - May 7 (Thu.) 2020
20 Nagasaki Prefecture May 8 (Fri.) - May 9 (Sat.) 2020
21 Saga Prefecture May 10 (Sun.) - May 11 (Mon.) 2020
22 Fukuoka Prefecture May 12 (Tue.) - May 13 (Wed.) 2020
23 Yamaguchi Prefecture May 14 (Thu.) - May 15 (Fri.) 2020
24 Shimane Prefecture May 16 (Sat.) - May 17 (Sun.) 2020
25 Hiroshima Prefecture 18 May (Mon.) - 19 May (Tue.) 2020
26 Okayama Prefecture 20 May (Wed.) - 21 May (Thu.) 2020
27 Tottori Prefecture 22 May (Fri.) - 23 May (Sat.) 2020
28 Hyogo Prefecture 24 May (Sun.) - 25 May (Mon.) 2020
29 Kyoto Prefecture 26 May (Tue.) - 27 May (Wed.) 2020
30 Shiga Prefecture 28 May (Thu.) - 29 May (Fri.) 2020
31 Fukui Prefecture 30 May (Sat.) - 31 May (Sun.) 2020
32 Ishikawa Prefecture 1 June (Mon.) - 2 June (Tue.) 2020
33 Toyama Prefecture 3 June (Wed.) - 4 June (Thu.) 2020
34 Niigata Prefecture 5 June (Fri.) - 6 June (Sat.) 2020
35 Yamagata Prefecture 7 June (Sun.) - 8 June (Mon.) 2020
36 Akita Prefecture 9 June (Tue.) - 10 June (Wed.) 2020
37 Aomori Prefecture 11 June (Thu.) - 12 June (Fri.) 2020
38 Hokkaido 14 June (Sun.) - 15 June (Mon.) 2020
39 Iwate Prefecture 17 June (Wed.) - 19 June (Fri.) 2020
40 Miyagi Prefecture 20 June (Sat.) - 22 June (Mon.) 2020
41 Shizuoka Prefecture 24 June (Wed.) - 26 June (Fri.) 2020
42 Yamanashi Prefecture 27 June (Sat.) - 28 June (Sun.) 2020
43 Kanagawa Prefecture 29 June (Mon.) - 1 July (Wed.) 2020
44 Chiba Prefecture 2 July (Thu.) - 4 July (Sat.) 2020
45 Ibaraki Prefecture 5 July (Sun.) - 6 July (Mon.) 2020
46 Saitama Prefecture 7 July (Tue.) - 9 July (Thu.) 2020
47 Tokyo 10 July (Fri.) - 24 July (Fri.) 2020

[About the Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs]

Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs will be selected either through public offering or recommendations by the Prefecture Task Forces (PTFs), Olympic Torch Relay partners and others, in accordance with the concept of the Torch Relay, gHope Lights Our Way,h and will play a role in spreading this message to a wide audience.

[Public Offering of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs: Overview]

Nippon Life Insurance Company will conduct a public offering, as noted below, for TBs to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

¡Recruiting Period: 24 June (Mon.) - 31 August (Sat.) 2019
¡Recruiting Entity: Nippon Life Insurance Company
¡How to Apply: Access the pre-application form on the Nippon Life Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and enter your personal information, requested prefecture, need for accommodation, and tell us about an important person to you, using anecdotes about your relationship with them and any other relevant information. We will use this information to decide who will pass the pre-application stage.
¡Those selected will be contacted with the results of the Pre-selection Process and details of the Secondary Selection Process before the 30 September, 2019.
¡Nomination Process: Nippon Life Insurance Company will nominate applicants based on the information provided by them, and present them to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will choose Torchbearers from the nominees.
¡Announcement of Nomination: Nippon Life Insurance Company will contact the nominated TBs from the beginning of December, 2019. Subsequently, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will send an official nomination notification to them, which notification shall serve as an announcement of their nominations.
Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will contact those selected with details of their individual paths sometime after mid-February, 2020.
Note that those applicants not nominated will not be notified. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TBfs scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will notify the individual of their nomination.

[Basic Requirements for TB Applicants]

Those wishing to apply as TBs must fulfill the following basic requirements.

[Basic Approach to TB Nomination]

The basic approach of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee in the nomination of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs is as follows:

Eligibility: All people

Strong Spirit (The spirit of supporting)

Tolerance(The Spirit of Accepting)

Sense of Unity Born of Celebrations (The Spirit of Encouraging)

[Important Reminders When Applying]

¡Applying
Torchbearers are recruited by each Prefecturefs Task Force, as well as by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners.
While the same individual may apply to multiple Presenting Partners or apply simultaneously to both multiple Presenting Partners and a PTF, the individual may not apply to multiple PTFs.
Only one person per application. A joint application by multiple individuals is not allowed.
Applications require both a self-introduction and reasons for applying from the applicant himself or herself.
Those not nominated will not be notified of their non-nomination.
Reasons for nominating or not nominating an applicant will not be disclosed. Please note that inquiries regarding those reasons cannot be answered.
Application forms containing false or dishonest statements will be invalidated.
¡Routes and other information
Each TB will run approximately 200 metres. (Please note that the running distance may exceed more than 200 metres or less. TBs may run at their own speed and at a relaxed pace.)
Specific time and date as well as route will be determined by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee following nomination of the TBs. In addition, please also note that a course in various areas (including remote islands, etc.) may be allocated.
¡Equipment and/or assistance required for the run
TBs are asked to arrange for their own wheelchairs or other apparatus and equipment when necessary.
Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will arrange for a wheelchair attachment to hold the Olympic torch.
Note that TBs who may have difficulty running alone may be accompanied by a single escort.
Note that when necessary, TBs will be allowed to run with a service dog for the people with a physical disability.
Note that while escorts are not considered as TBs, separate uniforms will be lent for the run(the escortsf uniform shall be different from TBsf and may be one-size-fit-all uniform over their own cloths). The age requirement for escort applicants is the same as TBs. Regarding the rules about political or religious matter, the same requirements for TBs shall also apply to escorts (See gBasic Requirements for TB Applicantsh for details).
¡Important Reminders About the Relay
Running as a TB may not be used for religious or political purposes.
Personal advertising and marketing activities are not allowed.
Except for special service dogs, TBs may not accompany with animals.
¡Ambush Marketing Prohibited
Except when specifically allowed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, TBs shall not associate specific products or services (collectively, gProducts, etc.h) with the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic movement or the Paralympic movement, and are asked to refrain from acts that may be seen as representing such an association.
Except when specifically allowed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, TBs shall not represent that Products, etc. are official products of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese Olympic Committee or the Japanese Paralympic Committee (hereafter collectively, the gOrganising Committees, etc.h); that they have been selected by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been approved by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been warranted by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have been recommended by any of the Organising Committees, etc.; that they have obtained the consent of any of the Organising Committees, etc.; or any other similar facts, and are asked to refrain from behavior that might be seen in that way.
TBs shall not, for the purpose of marketing or advertising Products, etc., disclose their relationship with the Organising Committees, etc., the fact that they will run as TBs or facts learned as TBs, and are asked to refrain from behavior that might be seen in that way.
¡Dress code
On the day of their run, TBs will be supplied with a TB uniform consisting of a shirt (long- or short-sleeved) and pants (long or short). TBs may not wear or bring shirts or pants other than the supplied uniform.
TBs may not alter the design or shape of the uniforms supplied.
TBs may not wear or bring any items not required for their run. TBs may not wear advertisements, etc. when running.
Shoes are not supplied as uniforms; TBs should wear their own sports shoes. Note that rollerblades and other equipment may not be used except as part of special performance by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee or Nippon Life Insurance Company.
Those running as TBs may not wear extreme hairstyles, paint their faces or wear flashy jewelry or other accessories. More detailed guidelines will be provided following the nomination process.
¡After the TB Nomination Process
The nominated TBs will be contacted in order by Nippon Life Insurance Company after December 2019 (tentative). This will be followed by an official nomination notification from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. Any subsequent contact will come from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
Those under 18 years of age as of 1 March, 2020, will be asked to submit a consent form from a parent or guardian.
TBs will be able to purchase the Olympic torch carried on the day of their run. Purchase price and other information about purchasing it will be provided following the nomination process.
Any materials to be sent out in advance will be e-mailed or mailed to the address provided on the application form.
Any communication prior to or on the day of the run will be in Japanese or English only.
While there is no charge to participate, the cost of round trip transportation to and from the designated meeting place (including, when necessary, accommodations) on the day of the relay shall be the responsibility of the individual participant. No refunds or other compensation shall be provided in the event that dayfs relay is cancelled for unavoidable reasons.
Personal identification will be checked at the designated meeting place on the day of the relay; please bring and be prepared to present some form of picture ID (driverfs license, passport, residence card, etc.).
TBs will be asked to sign a runner consent form at the designated meeting place on the day of the relay, verifying consent to important precautions while running and other items of consent, and providing final confirmation of the individualfs desire to run.
Applications found to contain false or dishonest statements will result in cancellation of the individualfs nomination.
The individualfs nomination may be cancelled in the following cases; (i) It is revealed that the candidate does not meet the application requirements as a Torchbearer, (ii) He/she performs an act which spoils the image of the Tokyo 2020, (iii) Any other case that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee deems that the candidate is inappropriate as a Torchbearer.

[Information to be Filled Out on the TB Application]

The following is an explanation of information that will be requested in either the Pre-application or the Secondary Application.

Desired prefecture

Write the prefecture in which you wish to run, and information about your involvement with that prefecture.

Information about the applicant

Write the applicantfs name, gender, date of birth, nationality, address listed on the residence certificate, telephone number, e-mail address, language, occupation, name and address of workplace, school, etc. Write a nickname only if the applicant is widely known by a common name other than their given name. For gender, Japanese nationals should write the gender listed on their family register; non-Japanese nationals should write the gender listed on their passport.

Emergency contact

Write the name, gender, date of birth, telephone number (a mobile phone number if one is available), e-mail address and address of someone who can be contacted on the day of the run in the event of an emergency, along with their relationship to the applicant.

Parent or guardian information and consent

For applicants who will be under the age of 18 as of 1 March 2020, write the name, gender, date of birth, telephone number, e-mail address and address of a parent or guardian, along with their relationship to the applicant and their consent to having the applicant run.

Information about a person important to you, including specific antidotes (approx. 400 words)

After reviewing the gBasic Requirements for TB Applicantsh and the gBasic Approach to TB Nominationh, write the applicantfs self-introduction and reason for applying as a TB.
Also select a field that aligns with the self-introduction and reason for applying from among the gFive Pillarsh of the gAction & Legacy Planh established by the Tokyo 2020.
Note: See the bottom of this page for details about the gAction & Legacy Planh and the fields (gFive Pillarsh).

Supplemental information

Provide any other information about yourself that explains why you think you should be chosen.

Ambition as a Torchbearer

Explain what you hope to accomplish as a Torchbearer.

Uniform size

Refer to the chart below and write the size of shirt and pants to be supplied as the TBfs uniform. Note that in some cases, uniforms may not be available in the size requested.

SIZEXSSMLXL2XL3XL4XL
Height157`163162`168167`173172`178177`183182`188187`193192`198
Chest81`8785`9189`9593`9997`103101`107105`111109`115
Waist67`7371`7775`8179`8583`8987`9391`9795`101

(All sizes are Unisex / measurements are in "cm")

Need for any special consideration

Please include any information regarding the applicant's ability to run alone, any special needs that they have, any physical concerns about participating, or any other information that may impact the applicant's participation. Also please indicate whether the applicant requires the assistance of an escort or caregiver, and if so, that person's name, gender, date of birth, and address.