In Japan, physical exercise has been considered an educational domain with great emphasis since the beginning of the educational system. These days, physical exercise is not limited to school activities, but its use has been extended to the local community, workplace, and home. The domain has expanded to include the participation of everyone from infants to the elderly. It is needless to say that physical exercise has now become the most significant tool for achieving good health over a lifetime for the mind, body, and society.
Issues such as the significant drop in physical strength of the younger generation, the decline in social ethics and morals as seen in the increase in crime rates, and the rise in the number of suicides and mental illness can be pointed out as social problems in recent years. At the top of the list of remedies for such issues is physical exercise and sports. From this perspective, it may be said that Japan is going back to its origin in terms of education. In fact, the importance of physical exercise in school is being voiced loudly and while more and more universities are reintroducing P.E. classes for ordinary students, martial arts is to become compulsory in junior high schools. And the government has begun considering revising the Sports Promotion Act established in 1961. I sincerely hope that our activities at the Institute can contribute to such movements.