The purpose of this study was to investigate pull factors of international tourists spectating Sumo wrestling during their travel to Japan. In a survey of 314 international travelers who participated in a half-day tour of a Sumo tournament in Tokyo, Japan, the result of exploratory factor analysis identified two pull motivations, namely ‘strength of Sumo event motivation’ and ‘Japanese cultural attraction to Sumo.’ Focusing on the aim of the traveling to Japan, a subsequent t-test was conducted to compare the pull factors. The result revealed that the tourists who intended to spectate Sumo in Japan were motivated to enjoy Sumo more than the tourists traveling to Japan for other reasons. However, both were similarly attracted to the Japanese culture of the Sumo. Therefore, the findings of this study will be helpful to promote international sport tourism with local traditional sports as tourism resources.
The purpose of this study is to clarify whether university sports clubs have governance structure for their coaches. 202 universities, members of Japan Association for University Athletics and Sport (UNIVAS), were surveyed. Among 98 universities (48.5%) that responded to the survey, 24 said there were ethical and compliance violations during 2016-2019 at their sports clubs. At more than 90% of universities, non-university staffs are coaching at clubs. These coaches are not selected through universities’ official process. The Study found that this leads to the lack of
clarity for responsibilities. In addition, 51% of universities have ethical and compliance rules stipulated. Only one third have established athletic departments that supervise overall sports activities. As a conclusion, university governance is not functioning fully for supervision and management of sports club coaches.