Recruitment of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About Recruitment of Torchbearers

  • What is "Recruitment of Torchbearers"?
    This is a campaign that enables people to participate in the “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay”. People who wish to participate can apply via the NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment website. Following careful screening, torchbearers (campaign winners) will be selected.
  • What is the "Torch Relay" ("Torchbearer")?
    The Olympic Flame is a symbol of peace and hope. Kindled by the rays of the Sun at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic Flame is the most powerful symbol of the Olympic movement in the Olympics’ host country, and it is delivered to the site of the Games by torchbearers in a relay. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will depart from Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, 2020, and then travel around the country, passing through 47 prefectures and connecting joy and passion over a total of 121 days.
  • Please tell me the dates and locations of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will depart from Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, 2020 and connect 47 prefectures nationwide over a period of 121 days.
    ■Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Schedule
    https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/torch/olympic/schedule/
  • Please tell me policy/purpose of the NTT Olympic Torch Relay.
    Under the theme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics/Paralympics of “CONNECTING WITH HOPE / Hitori Hitori no Kibo no Hikari o Tsunagu", NTT will recruit torchbearers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, which is to depart from Fukushima Prefecture on March 26, 2020, as well as boost excitement and enthusiasm along the relay route and in remote locations utilizing 5G (or 4G in areas where 5G is unavailable), AR, VR, and other cutting-edge communication technologies, generating opportunities for a large number of people to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay.
    ▼NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Statement
    CONNECTING WITH HOPE / Hitori Hitori no Kibo no Hikari o Tsunagu
    (Japanese) https://2020.ntt/jp/tokyo/torch/entry/
    (English) https://2020.ntt/en/tokyo/torch/entry/
  • What attributes do I need to apply to be an NTT torchbearer?
    With the aim of conducting an Olympic Torch Relay that boosts excitement and enthusiasm for the Olympics/Paralympics nationwide, NTT is seeking torchbearers who are “lights of hope for their communities” under the theme of “Connecting”. No specific areas or age groups are targeted.
    For details, please see the "NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment Website".
    (Japanese) https://2020.ntt/jp/tokyo/torch/entry/
    (English) https://2020.ntt/en/tokyo/torch/entry/
  • How many torchbearers in total will there be nationwide?
    We estimate that there will be about 10,000 torchbearers. The exact number will be determined after the precise relay route is fixed.
  • How many torchbearers is NTT recruiting?
    We are unable to disclose this information.
  • Other than NTT, what other organizations are recruiting torchbearers?
    Recruitment of torchbearers is being carried out by Prefectural Organizing Committees for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as well as the four Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partner companies (Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited; Toyota Motor Corporation; Nippon Life Insurance Company; and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). It is also possible to apply via Prefectural Organizing Committees.
    ■Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Recruitment Website
    (Japanese) https://tokyo2020.org/jp/special/torch/olympic/torchbearer/
    (English) https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/torch/olympic/torchbearer/
  • When are applicants notified about whether or not they have been selected to be a torchbearer?
    NTT will announce the successful applicants in or after December 2019. Following this announcement, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will send official notifications to successful applicants in lieu of making a public announcement.
  • Are there any requirements or conditions for applying to be a torchbearer?
    In order to be eligible to apply to be an Tokyo 2020 Olympic Relay torchbearer, you must fulfill the following basic application requirements.
    ■Persons born before April 1, 2008
    However, persons aged under 18 as of March 1, 2020 (first day of the month in which the Olympic Relay begins) must have the consent of their parent/guardian.
    ■As a general rule, persons who have a connection with the prefecture in which they wish to participate in the Olympic Relay
    (Persons who currently live or previously lived in the prefecture, people who currently work or go to school in the prefecture, people who have family or relatives living in the prefecture, and people who were active in the prefecture in the past.)
    ■No restrictions regarding nationality or gender
    ■Persons who are able to carry the Olympic torch safely of their own will.
    However, participation with the assistance of support staff (helpers) is also possible when necessary.
    ■Persons whose purpose is to convey a political or religious message are ineligible to be a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Relay.
    ■Persons holding a public office as prescribed under the Public Officers Election Act (Diet members, local public body councilors/heads), persons who are or are intending to become candidates for public office, and persons who are the head of a political party or political organization or hold an equivalent position are ineligible to be a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Relay.
    ■Religious figures are ineligible for selection to be a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Relay based on their religious achievements.
  • Is there an age group that can be selected more easily?
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will select torchbearers who meet the selection requirements from a diversity of fields. We are aiming to achieve an open relay that considers balance of nationalities, presence or absence of disability, gender, and age (*a minimum age limit has been set for safety reasons), and so there is no particular age group that is more easily selected than others.
  • In order to apply to be a torchbearer, is it necessary to have an NTT service agreement? Also, is preference given to applicants who have NTT service agreements in the selection process?
    It is possible to apply to be an NTT torchbearer without having an agreement for NTT products or services.
    Also, no preference is given to applicants who have NTT service agreements.

Contact Information for Inquiries

NTT Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torchbearer Recruitment Secretariat

Period of availability: June 24 (Mon.) – December 26 (Thu.), 2019

[Important Points to Note]
  • ・We cannot accept inquiries regarding selection/rejection of applications or the applicant selection process.
  • ・Applications cannot be made via e-mail or telephone.
  • ・It may take some time to connect the call when lines are congested
  • ・It may take a considerable amount of time for us to reply to your inquiry due to unavoidable reasons, such as an unexpectedly large number of inquiries.
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  • ・We cannot accept inquiries regarding registration information or applications from persons other than the applicant.
  • ・Applicants for NTT employees and related persons can not apply.