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Heartfelt Seasons Greetings to France

Fujiyoshida had the honor of hosting the French national rugby team during the 2019 Rugby World Cup as the team’s official team camp, and the female Sevens during the Tokyo Olympics as their Host Town. In light of this, the city has implemented several social, economic, cultural exchanges with the athletes and staff of the French national team and people of France. In June 2016, the …

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Fujiyoshida Host Town Promotion Event “Omoide France”

Fujiyoshida was designated as an Olympic Host Town for France in June 2016.Following designation, the city has hosted the French national rugby team to train prior to the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and Tokyo Olympics, and has organized ceremonies, public practices, school visits and much more during each stay. 【Exchanges with the French National Rugby Team】Fujiyoshida hosted …

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: French Female Rugby Sevens have a public practice during their pre-tournament training camp!

The French Female Rugby Sevens prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Games at their pre-tournament training camp in Fujiyoshida City. Their training camp lasted July 11-26, and on Sunday, July 18 and Thursday, July 22, the team’s practice was opened to the public following strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Social distancing was enforced to ensure that there was no direct contact between players and spectators. Spectators were instructed …

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Reception for the French Female Rugby Sevens during their Pre-tournament Training Camp

The French Female Rugby Sevens prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Games at their pre-tournament training camp in Fujiyoshida City. Their training camp lasted July 11-26 and on July 17 (Saturday), the city hosted a welcome reception for the team. The Fujisan Kaen Taiko Drumming Troupe which had previous exchanges with team performed at the reception. Though in previous years, players and staff were invited on stage …

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The Rwandan Olympic Team trained in Hachimantai!

Starting on July 9, 2021, the Rwandan team worked on their final touches in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Athletics: 1 male marathon athlete and 1 female 5,000-m athlete trained for two hours at the Iwate Prefectural Sports Park. Cycling Track: 1 athlete trained for cycled 180km around Hachimantai for about six hours. Swimming: 1 male 50-m freestyle swimmer and 1 female 50-m freestyle swimmer …

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Presentation at Yoshida Junior High School by Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JOC Partner City Designation One Year Anniversary Commemoration Event)

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. As part of a series of commemorative events in celebration the one year anniversary of the city’s designation, local Olympian (London Olympic gold medalist in the freestyle wresting 66kg weight class) Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu was invited to speak to students at two of his alma maters Yoshida Elementary School …

International Exchange

Presentation at Yoshida Elementary School by Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (JOC Partner City Designation One Year Anniversary Commemoration Event)

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. As part of a series of commemorative events in celebration the one year anniversary of the city’s designation, local Olympian (London Olympic gold medalist in the freestyle wresting 66kg weight class) Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu was invited to speak to students at his alma mater Yoshida Elementary School. Titled “Learning …

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JOC Street Banners in Celebration of One Year Anniversary of the JOC Partner City Designation

Fujiyoshida City was designated as a Japan Olympic Committee (referred to henceforth as “JOC”) partner in March 2020. This designation comes on the heels of 4 years of the city’s implementation of the “JOC Olympic Workshop” a central part of the Olympic Movement and its commitment to continuing to support the Olympic movement while promoting sports in the long term. The street banners were created in …

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[Part 2] Izu City’s diversity, inclusion efforts given boost by Tokyo Games

――――Click here for [Part 1] In 2019 Izu City introduced ordinance designating signing as an official language, which followed on from similar regulations passed by the Shizuoka prefectural government a year earlier—one of the first municipalities in Japan to do so.  And while this reflects a growing recognition of those with disabilities in general, the picture is not all sunshine and roses, says Morishima. For example, …

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[Part 1] Izu City’s diversity, inclusion efforts given boost by Tokyo Games

The Izu Velodrome has a somewhat extraterrestrial appearance. Set amid lush woodland on the outskirts of Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, with Japan’s iconic Mt. Fuji forming a majestic backdrop, the glistening silver domed structure resembles some spaceship from a sci-fi film readying to spin off into the stratosphere. Echoes of this futuristic facade can be found even among the more mundane features of the stadium, which …

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