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JRA | 2 KEEP ON RUNNINGDue to the pandemic, from the end of February 2020 JRA began temporarily holding horse races without spectators while implementing thorough anti-virus protocols for participating personnel. JRA also has pro-vided nancial support to medical institutions, struggling students, and social welfare initiatives. In addition, Nakayama Racecourse has been offered as a mass-vaccination site to help speed up the national inocula-tion process. JRA is committed to ensuring the eco-friendliness of its horse racing operations by reducing environmental impact wherever possible under the JRA-Zero (net-zero emission) policy. Current measures include con-serving energy and utilizing renewable energy, including solar and biomass (used horse bedding), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.In view of the limited opportunities to interact with horses in the modern world, education about these magnicent animals promotes recognition of the long ties between humans and horses and also en-courages people to take a deeper interest in equine culture. JRA sup-ports education and other events related to equine culture. One such undertaking is JRA’s Jockey Babies (pony horse-racing national cham-pionship for children), which has been held at Tokyo Racecourse every October since 2009 (cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19). Sev-en past contestants have gone on to become JRA jockeys and some others even ride professionally overseas. JRA is also an ofcial sponsor of KidZania, a family edutainment park, where the Horse Park pavilion allows children to cultivate interest and empathy toward horses by par-ticipating in grooming, feeding, and treating injured or sick horses. The facility also has a riding simulator to let children experience the feeling of riding on horseback. Further, JRA provides incentive support to orga-nizations that are engaged in various activities supporting racehorses after their retirement. Horse racing has long been one of the most exciting wagering sports in Japan. Thanks to the sport’s popularity and the sound revenue it generates, JRA is pleased to pay back society in the form of annual contributions to the national treasury, much of which is used to support livestock development and social welfare. Besides this, JRA is working on various initiatives for the benet of society such as environmental protection, disaster relief, and other public benets.A portion of revenues generated from wagering is paid into the nation-al treasury, of which three-quarters are allocated to the advancement of livestock breeding and the remaining one-quarter goes to public welfare. Despite setbacks owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced races to be held without spectators, JRA’s contribution to the national treasury in 2020 came to 329.8 billion yen (3 billion USD), up from the previous year, thanks to brisk online wagering.Funds collected by the horse racing industry of Japan, including JRA, from specially designated wagering, solicited donations, and charity events are provided as nancial support to areas affected by natural disasters, including the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake as well as oods and typhoons, etc.CONTRIBUTING TO THE NATIONAL TREASURYSUPPORTING RECOVERY IN DISASTER AREASFIGHTING COVID-19PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENTPROMOTING EQUINE CULTUREJRA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETYCharity events with jockeysJockey BabiesHorse Park pavilion at KidZaniaBiomass power generation

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