On December 16, Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) hosted an interim report session at its Azabu Hall in Minato-ku, Tokyo on the “Japan College Sport Research Project.” This research has been jointly conducted by the University of Tsukuba, Temple University (TU) Main Campus in Philadelphia, and DOME Corporation, the Under Armour sole agent in Japan.
Three project members from the U.S. visited Japan as part of this joint research project which started in September, and presented their interim reports. Final reports are scheduled for March. Tsukuba’s Associate Professor Tsuyoshi Matsumoto opened the symposium with an overview of the joint project, followed by Professor Daniel Funk of TU presenting various benefits of college sports with analysis of current situations in the U.S. TU’s Associate Professor Jeremy Jordan then explained NCAA governance roles and structures. Lastly, the University of Minnesota’s Assistant Professor Yuhei Inoue (TU Class of 2011) shared preliminary findings of three U.S. universities as case studies on finance. This joint research will continue for the future development of U.S.-Japan college sports.