2020 Tokyo Olympic 'host towns' announced

posted on January 28, 2016

Japan's government has chosen 44 municipalities for its "host town" program to promote exchange with countries taking part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The program is designed to encourage municipalities across the country to welcome athletes and tourists in Japan during the Games. The government also hopes the program will help revitalize local communities. Registered municipalities are to be granted subsidies to cover part of costs for exchange programs.

On Tuesday, the government registered 44 municipalities as the first batch of host towns. One of them, Abashiri City in Hokkaido, plans to host visitors from Australia. The city is popular as a rugby training camp site.

Zao Town in Miyagi Prefecture is to host visitors from Palau. The town accepted immigrants from the Pacific island nation after World War Two.

Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture is to host people from Ghana.

source by NHK
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