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Overview of the Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games

The Significance of Hosting of the Aichi-Nagoya Games

The 2026 Aichi-Nagoya Games will be the next big event in the sports world following the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a very meaningful event for all of Japan, as it brings a chance to further deepen growing exchange within Asia.

Concept of the Aichi-Nagoya Games

Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City have established five concepts when forming their hosting plan.

Putting Athletes First
We will provide a flawless security scheme, a comfortable living environment, and the management capability built through large-scale international tournaments.
In addition, we will prepare a stage where athletes can give their best performances by taking their opinions into consideration in future planning and management of the Games.
Using Existing Facilities
We will mainly use existing sports facilities in Aichi-Nagoya for the competition venues, and build temporary facilities as necessary. This is intended to keep costs down during and after the Games.
Making Full Use of State-of-the-Art Technology
Demonstrating our potential as the "manufacturing capital," we will introduce the latest technology in a variety of areas including event management, transportation, and safety measures to provide athletes, Games stakeholders, and spectators comfortable and safe environments for staying and taking part in the events.

We are also considering new ways for event spectators to enjoy sports using state-of-the-art technology.
Tradition and Hospitality that Represents the Characteristics of the Prefectural and City Residents
We will welcome visitors to Aichi-Nagoya with hospitality that lets them experience its history and culture of being the home to many warlords in the Sengoku period, and a unique local food culture called "Nagoya Meshi".

Aichi-Nagoya governments, various sports, economic, and tourist organizations, the mass media, businesses and NPOs involved in the Aichi Sports Commission, and the network of volunteers fostered through large-scale events such as the Expo 2005 Aichi Japan and Nagoya Women's Marathon, will come together and bring spirit to the Games through the efforts of the entire community.
Taking Pride in Hosting the Asian Games and Further Contributing to the Spread of Sports Culture
The hosting of the Asian Games will become a brand for the entire local community, and a spot of pride for the prefectural and city residents. After the Games, we will continue to hold various international sports competiton to enliven the community, increase the competitiveness of our athletes, and contribute to the spread of the culture of enjoying sports.

While contributing to the healthy development of children through sports, we will pass on the OCA's noble principle of promoting international friendship and peace.

Aichi-Nagoya Games Hosting Plan

In order to bid for the Asian Games, Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City made a Hosting Plan, attached below.

Chronology of Events from Bidding for the Aichi-Nagoya Games to the Hosting Decision and the Establishment of the Organizing Committee

The 2026 Aichi-Nagoya Games will be the next big event in the sports world following the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is a very meaningful event for all of Japan, as it brings a chance to further deepen growing exchange within Asia.

Chronology of Events from Bidding for the Aichi-Nagoya Games to the Hosting Decision and the Establishment of the Organizing Committee
Date Details
March 30, 2016 The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) puts out a call for a candidate city in Japan to host the Asian Games
May 11, 2016 Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City announce joint candidacy for hosting the Asian Games
May 30, 2016 The Hosting Plan (Ver. 1) is made and submitted to the JOC
July 7, 2016 The Asian Games Aichi-Nagoya Bidding Committee is established
July 21 and 22, 2016 Site visit and meeting is held by the 20th Asian Games 2026 OCA and JOC Evaluation Committee
September 5, 2016 Nagoya City's candidacy in the Open Call for 20th Asian Games 2026 National Candidate City is withdrawn (Nagoya City pulls out of the joint entry with the prefecture)
September 13, 2016 JOC Executive Board approves Aichi-Nagoya as the national candidate city, on the condition that Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City agree to joint hosting
September 20, 2016 Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City agree to joint hosting
The Hosting Plan is decided and publicly announced
September 25, 2016 The OCA General Assembly in Da-nang, Vietnam finalizes the host city to be Aichi-Nagoya
Aichi-Nagoya sign the basic contract to become host city (the deadline for signing the Host City Contract is set for September 25, 2017)
October 3, 2016 Request for support in hosting the Asian Games is made to Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mizuochi
October 21, 2016 Request for support in hosting the Asian Games is made to Prime Minister Abe
September 20, 2017 Aichi-Nagoya sign an amendment to the basic contract to become host city (the deadline for signing the Host City Contract is extended past September 25, 2017)
August 18, 2018 The Aichi-Nagoya Games period is approved at the OCA Executive Board in Jakarta, Indonesia
Games period: September 19, 2026-October 4, 2026 (16 days)
August 19, 2019 The Host City Contract is signed at the OCA General Assembly in Jakarta, Indonesia
September 28, 2018 The Cabinet approves the hosting of the Asian Games
The Host City Contract is made public
May 30, 2019 Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games Organizing Committee is established

Host City Contract

This contract details the rights and responsibilities that the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), and the host city (Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City) hold over each other in regards to the hosting of the Asian Games. The Host City Contract is attached below.

Games' Slogan

"Imagine One Asia" Announced as Games' Slogan

「IMAGINE ONE ASIA」

Slogan Objectives

The organizers claim that sports has a power to bring people together beyond the barriers of language, culture and nationality.
They hope that Aichi-Nagoya 2026 Asian Games will be the opportunity for every people in Asia to be able to imagine their own ‘ONE ASIA’ with the power of sports so that the ties among the people in Asia will be strengthen and they can forward to the bright future.


Comments from slogan creator Waka Sakamoto

As products and services rapidly become more diverse, there is a need for all of us to "naturally come together as one." Through the unique power of sports, each of us can envision what "One Asia" might look like. My hope is that this broader concept will continue to develop, free from issues of language or race.


<Profile of Waka Sakamoto>

Copywriter/Representative of Cotori LLC
Major works include "Ikuze, Tohoku" (East Japan Railway Company) and "Karada ni, Peace. Calpis" (CALPIS Co., Ltd.). Sakamoto also originated the name of electronic money card "WAON" (AEON Co. Ltd.), and has experience creating catchphrases, slogans, and product names for numerous other companies.