FC Barcelona’s first vice-president Jordi Cardoner will travel on Wednesday to Tokyo, the capital of Japan, where his busy agenda will be headlined by the Club's participation in the Asahi World Forum, organized by the prestigious Japanese newspaper 'The Asahi Shimbun' next Monday. It is an international event which in this edition brings together personalities from around the world under the slogan 'Beyond the Environment'. Some 4,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event.
The involvement of Mr. Cardoner, representing the FCB Foundation, will focus on a discussion with other speakers titled 'The power of sport for a sustainable planet’. Cardoner will share the stage with Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, a former Japanese international footballer, who is dedicated to the development of football for youngsters. The renowned sports journalist Kosuke Inagaki of ‘The Asahi Shimbun’, will moderate the meeting.
Barça and sustainability
The FC Barcelona Foundation and FC Barcelona share the same idea with the Asahi World Forum on the need to discuss and find solutions to some of the global challenges facing mankind such as climate change, poverty, gender equality, health, aging, migration, and infectious diseases.
The FC Barcelona Foundation is fully aligned with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations, which aims to "use values in sport and education to support children and youth in the most vulnerable situations in order to contribute to a more equal and inclusive society."
The social focus of FC Barcelona is to position itself as the sporting reference in the world in terms of social contribution to the development of children and youth through sport. For FC Barcelona, the support of youngsters is essential to achieving sustainable development. At present, FC Barcelona's social programs reach 700,000 children in over 50 countries.
Meeting with the FC Barcelona Japan Supporters Club
It is foreseen that, on Thursday, Mr. Cardoner, who is responsible for the Social Area and the Foundation of the Club, will attend the annual dinner of the FC Barcelona Japan Supporters Club, one of the Club’s most active international groups, which gave the team great support last year in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Yokohama.
Cardoner’s meeting with the supporters club members in Japan is part of the global agenda of supporters clubs that the vice-president is deploying, and which took him to Buenos Aires earlier this year, and to New York just a few weeks ago.
The FC Barcelona Japan Supporters Club, with 261 members, is chaired by Hiroki Nakano. There are 304 official Barça members listed in Japan, one of the strategic nations in FC Barcelona’s global development.
FC Barcelona’s relationship with Japan goes beyond football fans. The Club has signed contracts with big companies like Apamanshop, Nichiban and Toshiba, and is developing an FCBEscola program in Fukuoka and Katsushika, in Tokyo.
Visit to Nikken Sekkei
Another solid pillar in the relationship between FC Barcelona and Japan is one of the largest architectural firms in the world, Nikken Sekkei Ltd, which is responsible for designing and constructing the New Camp Nou as part of the ambitious and historic Espai Barça project.
Mr. Cardoner's agenda in Tokyo also includes an official visit to Nikken Sekkei. He will meet with the president of the Japanese firm, Tadao Kamei, and other executives of the company. William Mannarelli, the FC Barcelona executive leading the Espai Barça project, will accompany Mr. Cardoner during his visit.
Once he has completed his agenda in Japan, the vice-president Jordi Cardoner will fly to Rome, where on 5 October he will attend various events in the Italian capital.