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27 December 2018
Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Announcement of the Final Number of Applicants for Tokyo 2020 City Volunteers

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is proud to announce that the final number of applicants for City Volunteers, who will welcome guests and act as the face of the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, reached 36,649 at the closing date of recruitment. TMG accepted applications from Wednesday 26 September, starting at 1:00 p.m. until Friday 21 December, closing at 5:00 p.m.. We would like to thank everyone who applied to the Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Program. For the applicants, notifications about interviews and information sessions from February 2019 will be sequentially sent out in January.

1 Number of Applicants

Total of 36,649 applicants
・60% of applicants are female

2 Number of Recruits

Approximately 20,000* individuals

*A total of 30,000 individuals will become City Volunteers. This includes approximately 10,000 individuals as follows:

  • Tokyo Tourism Volunteers and volunteers in Tokyo for the Rugby World Cup 2019TM, Japan who wish to also volunteer for the Tokyo 2020 Games
  • Applicants who receive recommendations from municipalities within Tokyo (approximately 5,000 individuals) and others.

3 Upcoming schedule

Interviews and information sessions will take place from February 2019 as follows.

Dates Activities
Sunday 20 January 2019, 1:00 p.m. Deadline for naming votes
January 2019 Notifications about Interviews and information sessions, etc.
February – July 2019 Interviews and information sessions, etc.
October 2019 – February 2020 (TBD) General training
April 2020 – Role-specific training and leadership training
June 2020 – Location-specific training
June 2020 – Uniforms distributed to volunteers, etc.

* For detailed information regarding City Volunteers, please see the Tokyo Metropolitan Volunteerism Navigation Website.

4 Other

The number of applicants for Games Volunteers reached 186,101 as announced by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as of today, Wednesday 26 December 2018.

* Applications from those with a vision impairment may still be submitted; the deadline is 18 January 2019. The application process is outlined at (External link)


Inquiries (Assistance in Japanese only)

Operations Section, Planning and Promotion Division
Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation
Phone: 03-5388-2266 (External link) (External link) (External link)