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About the Japan Tennis Association

Introduction

The Japan Tennis Association (JTA) is a national sports federation (NF) that supervises and represents the tennis community in Japan. Established in 1922 as a voluntary association, JTA became an incorporated foundation in 1980 and then a public-interest incorporated foundation in 2012 under a revised legal structure. Its main objective is to promote tennis as a lifelong sport as well as a competitive and spectator sport.

JTA is a member of the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Japan Sports Association (JASA), the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF). Nine regional and 47 prefectural tennis associations are affiliated with JTA as its member organizations. JTA has established the Japan Tennis Consortium (JTC), a top-level consultative body, along with the Japan Professional Tennis Association (JPTA), the Japan Tennis Industry Association (JTIA), the Japan Ladies Tennis Federation (JLTF), and the Japan Tennis Equipment Suppliers Association. These organizations work together to deal with issues of mutual concern throughout the tennis community.

JTA is a public-interest incorporated foundation under the supervision of the Public Interest Corporation Commission of the Cabinet Office. JTA's governance structure and business operations are defined in its Articles of Incorporation, in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. JTA's Board of Councilors is its highest decision-making body, and the Board of Directors is its highest executive body. A number of departments and committees have been set up within this organizational framework to conduct various activities in close cooperation with the Secretariat.

1. Promotion of Tennis

Tennis is a popular sport that anyone can play and enjoy for a lifetime. It also is a competitive sport with a long history, comprising an important element of major national and international sports events, including the Olympics and Paralympics. In the promotion of tennis, JTA offers nine programs for public-interest purposes. They are: (1) to develop tennis and provide tennis instruction and training; (2) to help improve the competitive ability of tennis players; (3) to host national and international tennis tournaments, and to provide support to and officially endorse tennis tournaments held throughout Japan; (4) to select and dispatch Japanese players to international tennis tournaments, and to invite overseas players to Japan; (5) to train and certify tennis coaches and referees; (6) to manage the registration of tennis players and their rankings; (7) to create and improve the infrastructure and environment for sound development of tennis competition; (8) to conduct studies and research projects for the promotion of tennis; and (9) to interact and cooperate with national and international tennis organizations as well as other sports organizations.

Promotion of Tennis as a Lifelong Sport

JTA considers wider participation in tennis by children under age 10 to be key to the further development of tennis in Japan. Toward that goal, JTA has been promoting the TENNIS PLAY&STAY program, a campaign initiated by ITF for children of that age group. Additionally, JTA has been working on the Japan Junior High School Physical Culture Association so that tennis will become part of their official sports events. These efforts should help improve the environment for junior high school tennis activities. JTA also participates in Tennis Day, a nationwide event for the promotion of tennis that is held annually on September 23, in collaboration with other tennis-related organizations.

Other JTA priorities are to extend the online Japan Player Identification Number (JPIN) system for registration and ranking to junior players, to provide information on licensed tennis instructors and tennis schools and clubs which participate in the TENNIS PLAY&STAY program, and to promote the spirit of fair play in tennis tournaments at all levels.

Promotion of Tennis as a Competitive Sport

JTA focuses on enhancing the skills of Japanese tennis players in earnest hope of winning medals at the Olympic Games. Members of Japan’s national tennis team are working to bolster their competitiveness through intensive training at the Ajinomoto National Training Center in Tokyo, where indoor tennis courts are provided exclusively for them. The national team receives financial support from the Japan Sports Council (JSC) and JOC, as well as private corporations and a large number of tennis players who make systemized “one-coin” donations when they participate in tournaments. As both men’s and women’s tennis has been included in the targeted sports of the junior athlete training project for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, JTA has decided to foster talented junior players in collaboration with JSC and the Japan Institute of Sports Science (JISS). Additionally, JTA has on its own initiative launched a special junior player training program to accelerate junior players’ growth toward potential national team member qualification.

Promotion of Tennis as a Spectator Sport

Many people around the world enjoy watching tennis competitions. In Japan, annual international and national tournaments include the Japan Open Tennis Championships, the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis Tournament and the All Japan Tennis Tournament. JTA hosts or supports these major tournaments as well as many regional tournaments held throughout Japan. The number of spectators has been increasing; for example, the Japan Open Tennis Championships drew about 100,000 tennis fans last year. JTA also hosts annual international junior tournaments such as the World Super Junior Tennis Championships in Osaka, and the Japan Junior Tennis Championships in Nagoya.

2. Improvement in the Infrastructure and Environment for Tennis Competitions

JTA continues its efforts to upgrade the infrastructure and environment for sound development of tennis as a competitive sport.

Management of the Tennis Player Registration System

As of the end of 2016, a total of 12,237 players were registered under the categories of professionals, amateurs of all ages, and veteran amateurs.

Management of the Court Official Certification System

As of the end of 2016, there were a total of 4,114 court officials certified by JTA in accordance with the Japan Sports Association’s sports instructor certification system.

Management of the Instructor Certification System

Based on the JASA standards, JTA has set six categories in its instructor certification system, in which a total of 4,723 certified coaches were listed as of the end of 2016. JTA offers a further accreditation system for elite coaches, who can train players competing on the international circuit. Sixty-six “S-level” elite coaches were registered as of the end of 2016.

3. Enhancement of Governance

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approaching, the enhancement of governance at national sports federations, is drawing public attention. JTA strives to ensure sound governance in management and operations. To this end, it established the Compliance Office and the Audit Office in 2013, which oversee the enforcement of the code of ethics and disciplinary procedure rules, and which organize seminars on these topics. Further, JTA continually strives to ensure fairness and transparency by disclosing information about its organization and activities on its website and through various activities of the Investor Relations Office. To strengthen its financial base for enhancement of governance as a public-interest organization, JTA has been proactively promoting the tournaments that it sponsors, recruiting supporting corporations, and collecting donations.

In 2022, the Japan Tennis Association will mark the 100th anniversary of its founding.

Japan’s Basic Tennis Data for 2016

  Number of persons Source
Tennis population 4,390,000 Japan Tennis Association
Registered players 12,237 Japan Tennis Association
(Professionals) (397)  
(Amateurs) (3,856)  
(Veteran Amateurs) (7,984)  
Authorized court officials 4,114 Japan Tennis Association
Authorized tennis instructors 4,723 Japan Sports Association,
Japan Tennis Association
(Instructor I) (2,409)  
(Instructor II) (1,2667)  
(Coach I) (313)  
(Coach II) (243)  
(Coach III) (342)  
(Coach IV) (149)  
S-class elite coach 66 Japan Tennis Association

July 2017

Japan Tennis Association
1-1-1. Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-8050
TEL:+81-3-3481-2321
FAX:+81-3-3467-5192
E-mail:mail@jta-tennis.or.jp
URL:http://www.jta-tennis.or.jp/

President Nobuo Kuroyanagi
Senior Executive Director Tsuyoshi Fukui
Secretary General Hiroshi Suzuki

The History of the Japan Tennis Association

The Japan Tennis Association was originally founded in 1922 as the Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai, a voluntary organization. In 1980 it became an incorporated foundation (zaidan houjin) and changed its name to Zaidan Hojin Nihon Tenisu Kyokai, in English the Japan Tennis Association (JTA). It then became a public interest incorporated foundation (koueki zaidan houjin) in 2012. Its activities are aimed at promoting tennis as a lifetime sport, a competitive sport, and a spectator sport.

1. Founding of Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai

Since the introduction of Western-style tennis here, the desire of the Japanese people to interact internationally and to venture onto the global stage has grown steadily stronger. (In Japan this was called "hardball tennis" to differentiate it from "softball tennis.") Keio University adopted “hardball tennis” in 1913, helping to spread the sport throughout Japan.

In 1920, Zenzo Shimizu, who was working at the Kolkata Branch Office of Mitsui & Co. Ltd., went to Wimbledon alone and reached the All Comers’ finals (the semi-finals in the current system). Later that year, at the Antwerp Olympics in August, Ichiya Kumagai, then working at the New York Branch Office of Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha (Mitsubishi Company), won the silver medal in both singles and doubles matches, partnering with Seiichiro Kashio. These were the first medals won by Japanese athletes in Olympic history.

That autumn, while traveling overseas with his wife, Tsunekichi Asabuki, a businessman who was then known as the leading benefactor of tennis in Japan, met with Julian Myrick, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and other officials. As the USTA, the founding association of the Davis Cup, recognized the presence of Japanese players in the sport, President Myrick strongly recommended that Japan participate in the Davis Cup, a national team competition. However, at that time Japan did not have a tennis association, the requisite organization to participate in the Davis Cup tournament. “As long as you have a board of directors and the documents, we will look after the rest” was the supportive advice from the USTA. When Mr. Asabuki returned to Japan, he negotiated with key individuals at universities and tennis clubs, secured a number of directors, and established the Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai. After being appointed president, he submitted an application to the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) in February 1921. With an endorsement from the United States, Japan succeeded in becoming an official member in March 1923.

Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai sent the first Japanese team consisting of three players, Kumagai, Shimizu, and Kashio, along with their manager, to the Davis Cup in 1921. The team defeated India and Australia, advancing to the Challenge Round (the finals in the current World Group) to play against the US team. After this breathtaking finale, Mr. Asabuki and others reorganized the association and launched an official inauguration on March 11, 1922 at the YMCA in Kanda, Tokyo. As dividends from the Davis Cup admission fees, the USTA sent US$20,000 to Japan, which served as operating funds for the Association.

The first All Japan Tennis Championships, played at the Tokyo Imperial University (the current University of Tokyo) tennis courts, kicked off in September 1922. The men’s singles champion was awarded the New York Cup, a trophy donated by the Japan Club in New York for winning the Challenge Round. In 1923 the ranking system was introduced. There were 20 men’s singles players and 10 doubles players in the All Japan ranking on January 4, 1924. The women’s games were introduced from the third All Japan Tennis Championships. The first rulebook was issued in 1925 and the tennis balls, with a ball test, were made official in 1927.

Implications of war surfaced as the years progressed. In 1942 the association as well as the Japan Sports Association were dissolved and unified into the government controlled Japan Sports Tennis Association, which remained essentially dormant until the end of the Pacific War.

2. Re-establishing Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai

Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai was re-established in November 1945 at their annual general meeting. The advent of the golden age of professional tennis began when open tennis tournaments were introduced around the world in 1968. However, as the Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai was associated with the Japan Amateur Sports Association, the headquarters of amateur sports, the amateur regulations restrained the registration of professional tennis players. Finally, the Japan Open, an international open tennis tournament, commenced in 1972, coinciding with a period of rapid economic growth in Japan. Tennis became a popular sport among the Japanese due to the large number of overseas tennis athletes making visits to Japan. Soon the number of tennis clubs and courts increased and the Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai needed to diversify. One of the efforts was to incorporate the association.

3. Rebirth as the Japan Tennis Association

Nihon Teikyu Kyoukai, which began as a voluntary organization, was reorganized to become the Zaidan Hojin Nihon Tenisu Kyokai, or the Japan Tennis Association (JTA), in 1980. In 1983 the Ariake Tennis Forest Park, owned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, was completed and used for major tennis tournaments. In 1991 a national training center (NTC) for JTA opened at the Asahi Seimei Kugayama Sports Center, which served as a major foothold in spreading and strengthening the sport. There was, however, a sea change in the social and economic situation in sports in Japan. Ten years later, in 2001, suffering a shortage of financial resources, JTA returned the NTC courts to Asahi Seimei.

During the sluggish economic period in 2001, when JTA was in the midst of a shortage of financial resources, Masaaki Morita was appointed president of JTA and under the slogans "a new JTA" and "Japan Service Association." To the best of his ability, he reorganized the association, secured financial resources, and introduced efforts to become more international. He reconfigured the Japan Open as a tennis festival in Asia and devoted himself to the tournament. The audience swelled from 25,706 spectators in 1999 to 72,386 spectators in 2006. A tennis-specific NTC with indoor tennis courts located in the Ajinomoto National Training Center opened on January 21, 2008. In April of that same year, JTA also introduced a One Coin Entry Fee to strengthen the NTC and nurture tennis in Japan, helping increase the number of participants in tennis tournaments.

4. Appointing a New President and Becoming a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation

Masaaki Morita voluntarily retired from the presidency in June 2011 after serving for 11 years. Nobuo Kuroyanagi was appointed JTA President focusing his management on the key words, "fair play," "team work," and "global mindset." In April of the following year, JTA shifted to become a public interest incorporated foundation. This change was based on reforms in the public interest incorporated foundation system as implemented in December 2008. JTA took a fresh step forward with a new president under the new public interest incorporated foundation system.

The management of JTA, as a public interest incorporated foundation, changed from a consent-and-guidance structure by competent authorities to law-and-ordinance-based management. Its activities needed to be more oriented to the public interest than before. In addition, JTA is obliged to submit a business report every year, under the guidance of the Cabinet Office.

The articles of incorporation enforced when becoming a public interest incorporated foundation clearly stipulate that the objectives of JTA are to popularize and promote tennis competitions as an organization that supervises, controls, and represents the tennis community in Japan, and thereby serve for and contribute to people’s sound mental and physical development and international amity. Tennis holds a role as a national sport as it has tradition and is an international sport played in the Olympics and Paralympics. With the transition to a new corporate structure, the JTA objectives were identified as spreading tennis as a lifetime sport, strengthening tennis as a competitive sport, and promoting tennis as a spectator sport.

Further, in consideration of rising social issues such as violence and harassment inflicted by sports instructors, and in preparation for the coming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, major sports associations must strengthen their governance to new levels. The JTA holds its Meeting of Executive Directors every month to plan management under clear decision-making procedures. Additionally, JTA distributes information through its website and publications to openly promote its activities. As a robust financial base is essential to improving governance as a public interest incorporated foundation, while complying with the three authorized financial standards, JTA aims to increase its financial base by promoting sponsored tournaments, recruiting co-sponsors, enlarging its donation base, and similar related measures.

Organigram

List of Officials

(1 April 2017~31 March 2019)

Honorary Chairperson Princess Mako of Akishino
Honorary President Masaaki Morita
President Nobuo Kuroyanagi
Vice President Koji Watanabe
Yaeko Takemasa (Ms)
Kenichiro Yamanishi
Norifusa Kagami
Haruo Tsuji
Senior Executive Directors Tsuyoshi Fukui
Executive Directors Toshiro Sakai
Tadashi Horikawa
Ichiro Nakanishi
Takuya Nozaki
Saburo Nagaoka
Naohiro Kawatei
Minoru Ueda
Hajime Takahashi
Rika Hiraki (Ms)
Toshihisa Tsuchihashi
Hiroshi Suzuki
Satoru Nishimura
Directors Koji Tanaka
Masaru Uchiyama
Michinari Asanuma
Shigetsugu Nagasawa
Takayoshi Matsuo
Yoshihiro Ando
Michio Motomura
Tetsu Kuramitsu
Shuzo Matsuoka
Yuji Hashimoto
Hikaru Mizutani (Ms)
Yasushi Hatakeyama
Yone Kamio (Ms)
Auditors Kazunari Suga
Akira Ichiyama
Secretary General Hiroshi Suzuki

List of General Managers, Deputy General Managers, Committee Chairs, and Heads of Office

(1 April 2017~31 March 2019)

1.General Managers

High Performance Department Minoru Ueda
Development Department Tsuyoshi Fukui
Event Operation Department Naohiro Kawatei
General and Financial Affairs Department Hajime Takahashi

2.Deputy General Managers

High Performance Department Toshihisa Tsuchihashi
Shuzo Matsuoka
Yone Kamio (Ms)
Development Department Satoru Nishimura
Event Operation Department Ichiro Nakanishi
Noriyuki Okamura
General and Financial Affairs Department Yuji Hashimoto
Nobuhiro Akita
Hiroshi Nakamura

3.Committee Chairs

High Performance Department

Technical Support Committee Takahiko Tajima
High Performance Information and
Science Committee
Daisuke Mitsuhashi

Development Department

Development Committee Hijiri Chishaki (Ms)
Coaching Committee Naoko Inoue (Ms)
Junior Committee Satoru Nishimura
JTA Tournament Committee Ichiro Nakanishi
National Games Committee Takuya Nozaki
Senior Committee Tadashi Horikawa
Regional Training Center Project Committee Tatehiro Shigematsu
Wheelchair Tennis Committee Yoshihiro Nakazawa
Beach Tennis Committee Noriyuki Okamura

Event Operation Department

All Japan Tennis Tournament Committee Ichiro Nakanishi
Pro-tour Committee Ryuzo Tsujino
Company Teams Committee Takeshi Yazawa
Officiating Committee Taijiro Ohara
Event Operation Promotion Committee Daisuke Kitahara
Media Committee Nobutaka Hatta

General and Financial Affairs Department

General Affairs Committee Hajime Takahashi
Financial Affairs Committee Yuji Hashimoto
Tennis Museum Committee Masako Oda (Ms)
Medical Committee Moroe Beppu
Tennis Environment Research Committee Hajime Takahashi

4.Committees and Offices positioned under the President, the Senior Executive Director, and the Board of Executive Directors

President

IR Office Hajime Takahashi
Strategy Planning Office Tsuyoshi Fukui

Senior Executive Director

Compliance Office Toshio Tsutsumi
Japan Open Committee Naohiro Kawatei
TENNIS PLAY&STAY Project Committee Tsuyoshi Fukui

Board of Executive Directors

International Committee Naohiro Kawatei
Olympic Games Preparation Committee Tsuyoshi Fukui
Ethics Committee Tadashi Omiya
JPIN Project Team Committee Hikaru Mizutani (Ms)
Anti-doping Committee Moroe Beppu

List of Officers of High Performance Department / National Team

(1 April 2017~31 March 2019)

1.Officers of High Performance Department

General Manager Minoru Ueda
Deputy General Manager Toshihisa Tsuchihashi
Deputy General Manager Shuzo Matsuoka
Deputy General Manager Yone Kamio (Ms)

2.Officers of National Team

Adviser Yuka Yoshida (Ms)
Officer in Charge of Regional Training Centers Eiji Takeuchi
Head of Men’s National Team Mitsuru Takada
Head of Women’s National Team Toshihisa Tsuchihashi
Head of Junior National Team (boys) Hayato Sakurai
Head of Junior National Team (girls) Yoshinori Nakayama

3.Captains

Davis Cup Satoshi Iwabuchi
FED Cup Toshihisa Tsuchihashi
Universiade Kenso Ukon

List of National Team Players

(31 March 2017~30 September 2017)

1.Men’s National Team

Kei Nishikori
Yoshihito Nishioka
Yuichi Sugita
Taro Daniel
Go Soeda
Tatsuma Ito
Yasutaka Uchiyama

2.Women’s National Team

Misaki Doi
Naomi Osaka
Nao Hibino
Kurumi Nara
Risa Ozaki
Miyu Kato
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Ayumi Morita
Kimiko Date

3.Men’s Youth Team

Yousuke Watanuki
Junpei Yamazaki
Naoki Nakagawa

4.Women’s Youth Team

Misa Eguchi
Hiroko Kuwata
Riko Sawayanagi
Mayo Hibi
Akiko Omae
Makoto Ninomiya

5.Junior National Team

Yuta Shimizu(Boys U18)
Naoki Tajima (Boys U17)
Mai Hontama (Girls U18)
Kimika Sakata(Girls U18)
Ayumi Miyamoto (Girls U17)
Anri Nagata(Girls U17)
Naho Sato (Girls U16)
Himari Sato (Girls U15)

Contacts

Japan Tennis Association

Kishi Mmorial Hall 4F
1-1-1. Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-8050
TEL:+81-3-3481-2321
FAX: +81-3-3467-5192
E-mail:mail@jta-tennis.or.jp
URL:http://www.jta-tennis.or.jp/

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