| In recent years, there have been increasing numbers of people who participate in sports in daily life to the accompaniment of expanding interests in sports, increasing leisure time and improvements in the standard of living in Japan. MEXT attempts to consolidate local sports environments with the objective to promote a life-long sports society In Japan that allows every citizen to enjoy sports and to improve physical abilities. The idea is based on the eBasic Plan for Promotion of Sportsf, that was enunciated in September 2000 as a 10-year plan starting from 2001. Currently, the state provides assistance to establish integrated sports clubs and to promote sport centers that service wide areas where people can gain familiarity with sports and where the training of sport instructors can be conducted. By this measure the state attempts to promote sports in the wider society including staging of sports events.