Protect Miyashita Park from Becoming Nike Park

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Jul 27 2008 13:14
Protect Miyashita Park from Becoming Nike Park

The Statement of the Coalition to Protect Miyashita Park from Becoming Nike Park
The Coalition to Protect Miyashita Park from Becoming Nike Park

1-27-8-202 Higashi; Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Japan
TEL/FAX: +81-3-3406-5254, Email: miyashita(AT)

We, volunteers from varying backgrounds, have come together to protect Miyashita Park from a plan that would turn it into a Nike park. Currently, the city is moving ahead with plans to fully renovate Miyashita Park, adding a skateboarding area and a cafe, without even notifying local residents and park frequenters. After the renovation, a fee will be charged for use of the sports facility and, it has been explained, part of this fee will be used to cover maintenance costs. The investor providing all 450 million yen of the project costs is none other than the sports apparel and accessories maker, Nike Corporation. Thus, changing the park’s name to Nike Park has become part of the plan. It is estimated that Shibuya-ku will receive approximately 150 million yen over 5 years for the naming right.

We oppose the plan to make our park Nike Park for the following reasons:

1) According to the renovation plan, Miyashita Park will be converted to a park expressly for sports enthusiasts. This means that a highly public space which people have been able to freely and actively utilize up until now will be turned into a commercial space for the profit of one business.
Persons who do not pay for using the park as a service, will be unable to even rest at the park. This will surely have a negative impact on society at large and generally the way in which people come together.

2) For many years, Miyashita Park has been known as a space where many citizens’ groups hold gatherings, or as a starting and ending point for local marches and events. Also, it has stood as a life-saving place where many persons forced to live on the streets can stay. This plan would unquestionably deprive groups and individuals of a space for their freedom of expression, and for their daily lives.

3) This project has been forced onto the ward by Shibuya’s mayor and a number of assemblypersons in a top-down manner. Neither the ward assembly nor the city planning council has been consulted, and almost no information can be found in materials that have been made available to the public. Also, we would like to know how Nike came to be involved in this. Nike is a corporation that gave rise to the grave problem of child labor in a number of Asian countries, with reported instances of management beating and/or molesting workers. It is highly doubtful that Shibuya-ku has undergone democratic processes so as to adequately reflect the will of ward residents with regard to this plan.

Please speak out with us. Please add your name to our statement to show your support.

■Please add your name to our statement.
Persons wishing to add their names to our statement should send fax or email (given below) as soon as possible with: your individual name or the name of your organization, and whether you wish to remain anonymous or not. Please understand that names that are not anonymous may be publicly viewable when the petition is distributed or posted to the internet. Persons opting for anonymity will be represented in documentation only by their total number.
The Coalition to Protect Miyashita Park from Becoming Nike Park
FAX: +81-3-3406-5254、Email: miyashita(AT)

■Please speak out against Nike Corporation and Shibuya ward.
1)Nike Japan 
TEL:+81-3-5463-3300 (9:00 am-5:00 pm,Monday-Friday)
0120-500-719(only domestic call, 9:00 am-5:00 pm,Monday-Friday)
FAX: +81-3-5463-3295

2)Nike Corporation (USA, World Headquarters)
TEL: +1-503-671-6453 7:30 am - 5:30 pm PST, Monday through Friday
E-mail :

3)Shibuya Ward
FAX +81-3-5458-4900  E-mail:

zami's picture
Joined: 5-03-08
Jul 28 2008 00:00


Athletes are born in the street.

Nike-lovers have the imaginative ability to turn the harsh environment into their playground.

Today, there is a plan to construct a fee-for-entrance Nike Park within the premises of

a public park in Tokyo.

What would happen to the homeless people who use the park as their living environment?

We don't need a fenced-in-park that will displace them.

We strongly protest against the construction of the Nike Park.

Joined: 31-05-12
May 31 2012 07:09

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