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Update:November 28, 2019


Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

We stopped accepting applications. Thank you.

June 27, 2019
Preparation Division
Olympic and Paralympic Games Bureau

The torch relay will be conducted in Chiba Prefecture from Thu., July 2 to Sat., July 4, 2020.The Chiba Prefectural Government will conduct a public call for participation, as noted below, of torchbearers (TBs) to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as it traverses Chiba Prefecture.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

1.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, 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.

See Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Website for details.(External link)


Image by Tokyo 2020

2.The Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs

Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs will be selected either through a public call for participation or recommendations by the Prefecture Task Forces, Olympic Torch Relay partners and others, in accordance with the concept of the Torch Relay, “Hope Lights Our Way,” and will play a role in spreading this message to a wide audience.

Approximately, a total of 10,000 TBs are expected to participate.

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3.Public Call for Participation of TBs

A public call for participation of TBs will be conducted by the respective prefectural governments and the four Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners (including Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, Toyota Motor Corporation, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone(NTT) Corporation).

Public Call for Participation of TBs by the Chiba Prefectural Government

image:Recruitment of Torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay/Recruiting Period
July 1 (Mon.) - August 31 (Sat.) 2019

1.Recruiting Period

July 1 (Mon.) - August 31 (Sat.) 2019

2.Number Being Recruited

33 people

3.How to Apply  ※We stopped accepting applications.

Fill out and submit the application form.

Fill out and submit the application form.


Online Application/For PC versionFor PC version

Online Application/For smartphone versionFor smartphone version


If submitting by mail, please write "TB Application" on the envelope and mail it with a certificate of mailing. No responsibility will be accepted for accidents when the above is not followed. 

Addressee:Chiba Prefectural Government Olympic TB Application Secretariat

Address:PO Box 10, Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba, 262-8691, Japan


(3)Selection Process

  • The Chiba Prefectural Government will nominate applicants (documentation review and interview) based on the information provided by them and present them to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, which will select the TBs.
  • Interviews of people who pass the documentation review are planned to be held from late September to late October.

(4)Decision Announcement

  • Persons selected as TBs will be contacted unofficially by the Chiba Prefectural Government after December 2019. After that, an official notice will be sent to the selected persons by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee that will serve as the announcement.
  • Note that persons selected as TBs will be contacted by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee with detailed information on individual paths sometime after mid-February 2020.
  • Note that persons not selected as TBs will receive no notification. However, in the event of an opening for a TB within two weeks prior to the TB’s scheduled run, previous applicants may be selected to move into that slot. In that event, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will notify the individual of their selection.

4.Eligibility Requirements

(1)Basic Requirements for TB Applicants

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

  • Applicants shall have been born before or on April 1, 2008. Provided, however, that applicants under the age of 18 as of March 1, 2020 (the first day of the month in which the Torch Relay starts) must have the consent of a parent or guardian.
  • As a rule, applicants should have some connection to the prefecture in which they wish to run (including those who reside in or have resided in the prefecture; those whose workplace or school is located there; those with family members or relatives living there; those previously involved in any activities there, and so on).
  • Individuals may apply regardless of nationality or gender.
  • Applicants shall be able to carry the flame safely and of their own will. Provided, however, that support staff (escorts) may attend when necessary.
  • Those intending to use the Torch Relay to convey political or religious messages are ineligible to serve as TBs.
  • Those in serving in public office as stipulated by the Public Offices Election Act (including Diet members, legislators and heads of local government), candidates for public office or those considering such candidacy, heads of political parties or political organizations and those in equivalent positions are ineligible to serve as TBs.
  • Religious figures are ineligible to serve as TBs based on their religious reputations.

(2)Basic Approach to TB Selection by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee

The basic approach of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in the selection of Tokyo 2020 Olympic TBs is as follows:

Eligibility: All people
  • While giving consideration to a balance of nationalities, abilities and disabilities, genders and ages, the goal is for an open relay in which TBs are selected from a wide range of fields.
  • TBs are to be selected primarily from among those who are active in their communities.
Strong Spirit (The spirit of supporting)
  • Individuals who, in their daily lives, support family, friends, colleagues and others, confronting any difficulties without giving up.

(Ex.) Someone making an enormous contribution to the revival of their local community from previous disasters.

Tolerance(The Spirit of Accepting)
  • Individuals engaged in new endeavors while recognizing the differences between people.

(Ex.) Someone who creates a sports community for children, developing a center for their community where many can get together.
Someone who has contributed to building a new brand for their community by bringing local residents and newcomers together.

Sense of Unity Born of Celebrations (The Spirit of Encouraging)
  • Individuals who can enhance a sense of local unity by running as a TB.

(Ex.) Someone who supports local traditional cultural activities behind the scenes.

(3)Chiba Prefectural Government’s View on TB Nomination

In addition to the basic approach to TB selection by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Chiba Prefectural Government includes the following as part of its own view on TB nomination:

  • TBs will be nominated from a wide variety of areas within the prefecture, with consideration also given to regional balance.
  • Premised on the basic approach to TB selection per the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, nomination will focus on persons who highlight the characteristics of Chiba (Chiba Prefecture’s torch relay route theme).

Chiba Prefecture’s Torch Relay Route Theme

The torch relay will be conducted in Chiba Prefecture from Thu., July 2 to Sat., July 4, 2020. In addition to the three-day route theme “Disaster Recovery,” each day has been given the following route themes.

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- 7/2: Route highlights “our prefecture’s core industry and abundant nature along the network of roads inside the prefecture”
(Municipalities: Kisarazu City ⇒ Kimitsu City, Futtsu City ⇒ Minamiboso City ⇒ Isumi City, Ichinomiya Town ⇒ Sosa City ⇒ Sammu City)

- 7/3: Route highlights “our prefecture’s fascinating history, traditional culture, and international cities”
(Municipalities: Choshi City ⇒ Asahi City ⇒ Katori City ⇒ Shibayama Town ⇒ Narita City ⇒ Narashino City ⇒ Chiba City) 

- 7/4: Route highlights “our vibrant cities that combine history, traditional culture, and advanced urban planning”
(Municipalities: Urayasu City ⇒ Funabashi City ⇒ Kamagaya City ⇒ Abiko City ⇒ Kashiwa City ⇒ Matsudo City)

Note that the order of the municipalities the Torch Relay will visit may change in the future.

5.Important Reminders When Applying

Main points:

  • Personal advertising and marketing activities are not allowed.
  • Only one person per application. A joint application by multiple individuals is not allowed.
  • 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.
  • Each TB will run approximately 200 meters. (Please note that the running distance may exceed more than 200 meters 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 Organizing Committee following selection of the TBs. In addition, please also note that a course in various areas may be allocated.
  • No notification will be sent to those who are not selected as TBs, including those who do not pass the documentation review.
  • TBs are asked to arrange for their own wheelchairs or other apparatus and equipment when necessary.

※Note that the Tokyo 2020 Organizing 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 TBs with a physical disability may run with a service dog, as needed.

6.Information to be Filled Out on the TB Application

  • Information about the applicant
  • Emergency contact
  • Parent or guardian information and consent
  • Desired run date
  • Desired run prefecture and municipality
  • Information Related to “Basic Approach to TB Selection”
  • Self-introduction and reason for applying (approx. 220 words)
  • Third party recommendation
  • Reason for recommendation (approx. 220 words)
  • Uniform size
  • Need for any special consideration

7.Other Items of Consent

For the purposes of holding and operating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay and the Tokyo 2020 Games, and for activities aimed at the future development of the Olympic Games, applicants for TBs are required to consent to all of the following items at the time of application.

  • Handling of Personal Information
  • Portrait, Privacy and Other Rights
  • Disclaimers
  • Cancellations and Changes
  • Parent or Guardian Consent
  • Health Condition
  • Ensuring Sufficient Time for Interviews and the Run Day
  • Proxy Runners (transfer of relay leg to other parties)
  • Noninvolvement of Anti-social Forces
  • Invalidating Applications and Rescinding Selection Results


Preparation Division, Olympic and Paralympic Games Bureau, Environmental and Community Affairs Department, Chiba Prefectural Government

Tel: 043-223-3489


Note that telephone reception hours are 9am to 5pm (Saturday, Sunday, and holidays excluded). There may be questions we are unable to answer. Thank you for your understanding.

The mailing address for applications is below. Please note that it is different from the above address for inquiries. For information on how to apply, please see “How to Apply” on page 3 of the application guidelines under “Public Call for Participation of TBs by the Chiba Prefectural Government: Overview.”

Addressee: Chiba Prefecture Olympic TB Application Secretariat

Address: PO Box 10, Hanamigawa-ku, Chiba, 262-8691, Japan

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