Dr. Koji Murofushi, former Olympic gold medalist and sports director of the Tokyo2020 Organizing Committee, joins Duncan Ryūken Williams, founding director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture, in a featured session titled “Japan on the Global Stage: Engaging Cultures in the 21st Century,” on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the 2017 USC Global Conference.
With the next Summer Olympic Games slated for Tokyo, Japan finds itself at a critical moment to both transmit the best of its culture and values to the world as well as welcome a more international, multicultural and multiethnic future.
Just as the 1964 Tokyo Olympics augured Japan’s transformation into a global economic powerhouse, the 2020 Olympics will likely mark a new moment in Japan’s engagement with the world by highlighting its social, cultural and technological advances in areas as diverse as health care, environmental sustainability, robotics, gastronomy, fashion, design and the arts.
The two speakers will explore how they envision the future of Japan on the global stage, while also sharing historical and personal perspectives.
Koji Murofushi is a Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Executive Director of the Sports Bureau and the Sports Director at Tokyo 2020.
Murofushi competed at the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 in succession as a hammer thrower. He was awarded the gold medal at the Athens 2004 Games and the bronze medal at the London 2012 Games.
He also won the gold medal at the World Championships in 2011 at the age of 36.
He became the first Japanese athlete to win gold medals at both the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
In 2014, he won an unprecedented 20th consecutive Japanese title at the Japan National Championships in Athletics. His personal best throw is 84.86m. He took leave of his professional athletic career in 2016.
With respect to his academic career, Murofushi received a Ph.D. in Biomechanics in 2008. His professional interests focus on the prevention of athletes’ injuries and the improvement of individual performance through integration of sport science and sport medicine. At present, he is active in his role as the Sports Director of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020).
USC Global Conference
The Global Conference is USC’s marquee international event held every other year in Asia. This biennial event brings together business, government, and academic leaders from across the Pacific Rim — as well as USC faculty, staff, and alumni — to discuss critical issues, developments, and opportunities facing the region and the world.
The 2017 USC Global Conference will be held in Tokyo, Japan, at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo from Sept. 21-23, 2017. Advanced registration is highly recommended.