Be tenacious. Any job will do.
In the winter of 2017, Tanio knocked on the door of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee with her résumé in her right hand. At the interview she spoke about her enthusiasm for the Games and work that she felt she could contribute to.
“After coming back from Thailand, I had been looking for a chance to blow away the feeling of hopelessness from Japan, like a ‘big motivation switch’. In my college days, I made a festival called ‘Koiya Matsuri’ in Osaka and after returning from Thailand I helped with the ‘YOSAKOI Soran Matsuri’ in Hokkaido. I felt that when a group of people concentrate on a common goal, they generate some kind of power. Then, I realised that when the power in an extraordinary space is added to ordinary powers such as community forming across generations, vitality to work, improving societal connections, and fostering the next generation, a much larger and future-inspiring power is generated. I wanted to do something that caused this to happen all over Japan. With this at the back of my mind, I realised that when Tokyo 2020 was announced, it was what I had been looking for.”
Any job would do; the content didn’t really matter. She was that committed. She thought, so long as her experience—sales and systems engineer at an IT venture, starting a venture firm, promoting festivals—came in handy, she’d be fine, but she wasn’t very confident about how much of a contribution she could make. But she also thought, I can do this! Be tenacious! Try anything! “Sports have the power to change the world and the future”. She wanted to make the vision of the Games a reality. She wanted to create an atmosphere of forward momentum, looking to the future, using the setting of peaceful competition that is sports as the fuel. She was full of such thoughts. And so at the beginning of 2018, Tanio became a member of the organising committee.