Communication can bring together
two parties with different interests.
Jasmine began to consider a career change after working in local government for six years, before a position on an open and honest organizing committee, that was also relevant to the people of Yamagata, presented itself to her. At that time, since the organization consisted of just a few people and with no real idea of how things would develop, she felt a large degree of trepidation about changing careers. However, the welcoming nature of her fellow committee members left her feeling positive about making the leap.
Jasmine was then assigned as the primary point of contact for overseas negotiations while staying focused on the big picture for Tokyo 2020. She was to be responsible for the Asia and Oceania regions. Jasmine and her three colleagues now share a mission to deepen relations with Japan, China, Australia, Mongolia, and various countries in Southeast Asia among others.
According to Jasmine: understanding how to bring together people with different values and approaches is crucially important to us as we work towards the common goal of making the Tokyo 2020 Games a success. By acting as go-betweens for both sides, we are investing our energy into bringing all negotiations to a fruitful conclusion.
For example, in preparation for the sometimes-weekly visits from inspection groups, we connect representatives from nations wishing to inspect the sporting venues with the various venue construction sites. The groups who intend to inspect more sites pose a burden and a risk to those sites required to safely proceed with construction according to their construction schedules. However, creating a system that incorporates insights from inspection groups with expert knowledge of the various events into the construction process can benefit the venue sites. The real appeal of this job is being able to use one’s own initiative to foster joint development that surpasses a single country or standpoint.