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  • Nippon Life and NTT Become Presenting Partners of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay


    03/19/19

    The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo
    2020) announced today that it has concluded an agreement with the Nippon Life Insurance Company
    (Nippon Life) and NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (NTT) under which they
    will serve as Presenting Partners of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay partnership programme consists of three tiers, of which Presenting
    Partners—the highest tier—are permitted to recruit torchbearers and conduct promotional activities using
    the Olympic Torch Relay emblem.

    Hiroshi Shimizu, President of Nippon Life, commented: “It is a tremendous honour and privilege to
    participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay as a presenting partner. Nippon Life has offices in all
    prefectures of Japan, including areas affected by disasters and outlying islands. Our 70,000 employees
    across Japan are striving to build stronger relationships with our 12 million customers by remaining
    closely involved in each customer’s life for the long term. This is being accomplished through activities to
    conduct direct, face-to-face meetings with customers throughout Japan. Against this backdrop, we have
    been carrying out support activities on a daily basis in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
    Tokyo 2020. The Company has adopted the slogan “Play, Support… Let’s start supporting each other”
    and is undertaking daily activities that intend to convey the importance of cheering on these athletes by
    spotlighting Olympic athletes including those who represent Japan, as well as their supporters. With the
    signing of this partnership agreement, we would like to work to convey the outstanding elements of the
    Olympic Torch Relay and Tokyo 2020 Games directly to people throughout Japan. In the process, we
    would like to get people to better understand and feel excited about these events. Moreover, we are
    determined to help make this event a success with record-high numbers of people participating in and
    experiencing the event, and the Olympic torch will travel the length and breadth of Japan, uniting all parts of the country.

    Jun Sawada, President & CEO of NTT, commented: “NTT has been taking action to help ensure the
    success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as a Gold Partner in the category of
    Telecommunications Services, and has now concluded an agreement to be a Presenting Partner of the
    Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. In this new role as well, we intend to make it the most innovative Relay
    in history through extensive use of the latest telecommunications services. In addition, as a Valued
    Partner with roots in all communities, we are going to create opportunities for participation by many people
    to heighten the excitement surrounding the Tokyo2020 Olympic Torch Relay in all of Japan’s 47
    prefectural bodies, and strive to assure its success in many other ways.”
    Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Nippon Life and NTT
    as Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partners. With the recruitment of these two companies,
    we now have all four Presenting Partners on board; their support constitutes the highest level of
    sponsorship for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay. This is the largest number of Presenting Partners
    in the history of the Olympic Torch Relay, and I greatly appreciate the support and encouragement of all
    of them. We are happy to receive the support of the two companies that have strong, widespread
    networks in Japan: NTT, which connects people through its communication services, and Nippon Life,
    which has provided peace of mind for Japanese people across the country for many years. With their
    help, we aim to deliver a safe and secure the Torch Relay, bringing excitement throughout Japan, and
    highlighting the unique characteristics of each region along the way.”
    Please see below for further details of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
    https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/torch/olympic/

    NIPPON LIFE BECOMES Presenting Partner FOR The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay

    Nippon Life Insurance Company (President: Hiroshi Shimizu; hereinafter “Nippon Life”)
    today announced it has concluded an agreement with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the
    Olympic and Paralympic Games to serve as a Presenting Partner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
    Torch Relay, which is the highest tier in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay partnership
    programme. Nippon Life will also be the first life insurance company in Japan to become
    a Presenting Partner in the event’s history.
    (For more information on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay)
    [Official Website for Tokyo 2020]https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/torch/

    NIPPON LIFE BECOMES Presenting Partner FOR The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
    Nippon Life Insurance Company (President: Hiroshi Shimizu; hereinafter “Nippon Life”)
    today announced it has concluded an agreement with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the
    Olympic and Paralympic Games to serve as a Presenting Partner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
    Torch Relay, which is the highest tier in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay partnership
    programme. Nippon Life will also be the first life insurance company in Japan to become
    a Presenting Partner in the event’s history.
    (For more information on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay)
    [Official Website for Tokyo 2020]https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/torch/

    Nippon Life has adopted the slogan “Play, Support…Let’s start supporting each other”
    as the only life insurance company serving as a Gold Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic
    Games Tokyo 2020. Nippon Life is undertaking daily activities that intend to convey the
    importance of cheering on athletes by spotlighting them including those who represent Japan,
    as well as their supporters.

    With the conclusion of this Presenting Partnership agreement, Nippon Life will convey
    the magnificence of the Torch Relay with people across Japan through activities run by
    its employees on a face-to-face basis. Nippon Life will also further focus its efforts
    on building upon the Olympic Movement and revitalizing regional communities through
    development of promotional projects that utilize the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Emblem,
    such as campaigns to recruit Tokyo 2020 Olympic torchbearers and hosting events that provide
    people with a first-hand experience.

    Furthermore, Nippon Life and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic
    Games have been jointly hosting successive events for the “Nippon Life Insurance
    Countrywide Caravan for All 2020” which launched in July 2018, and will continue making
    appearances in each of Japan’s 47 prefectures for approximately 2 years. A total of 14
    events have already been held in the Kinki and Kyushu regions and Okinawa prefecture, and
    more than 50,000 people have participated to get into the spirit of the Olympics and
    Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Nippon Life is planning to include activities themed around
    the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch in regions the caravan will visit going forward so that everyone
    across Japan can have a first-hand experience early on.

    【Nippon Life Insurance Countrywide Caravan for All 2020】
    To get everyone in Japan excited for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, multiple
    hands-on programs will be prepared for many people to enjoy.
    Going forward, Nippon Life will develop initiatives for the Olympics and Paralympic Games
    Tokyo 2020 with all officers and employees, and contribute to the success of the Olympic
    and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

    NTT becomes Presenting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay
    NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (Head office, Chiyoda-ku,
    Tokyo, Japan; Jun Sawada, President & CEO; hereinafter referred to as “NTT”) has
    concluded a Presenting Partnership Agreement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay with
    the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Presenting
    Partner is the highest status in the sponsorship program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch
    Relay.

    The NTT Group member companies covered by the agreement are as follows.
    • NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION (NTT)
    • NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE EAST CORPORATION (NTT EAST)
    • NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE WEST CORPORATION (NTT WEST)
    • NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com)
    • NTT Docomo, Inc. (NTT Docomo)

    As an enterprise that has supported ties between people, NTT endorses the concept of the
    Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay, “Hope Lights Our Way.” We are determined to contribute
    to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay by helping to pass on the rays of hope
    brought by the torch and bringing that hope to many people throughout Japan.

    ■Comment by Mr. Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the
    Olympic and Paralympic Games
    We are pleased to welcome NTT as a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay Presenting Partner.
    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay will run for 121 days across Japan, aiming to inspire
    local communities along the way. With the support of NTT, which connects people via its
    network and communication services throughout Japan, Tokyo 2020 aims to deliver a safe
    and secure Torch Relay and bring hope via the Olympic Flame to communities across the
    country.

    ■Comment by Jun Sawada, President & CEO, NTT Corporation
    NTT has been taking action to help ensure the success of the Olympic and Paralympic
    Games Tokyo 2020 as a Gold Partner in the category of Telecommunications Services, and
    has now concluded an agreement to be a Presenting Partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic
    Torch Relay. In this new role as well, we intend to make it the most innovative Relay in history
    through extensive use of the latest telecommunications services. In addition, as a Value
    Partner with roots in all communities, we are going to create opportunities for participation
    by many people to heighten the excitement surrounding the Tokyo2020 Olympic Torch Relay
    in all of Japan’s 47 prefectural bodies, and strive to assure its success in many other ways.


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