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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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Elementary students in Ichinohe created a universal design map

The town of Ichinohe, located in the northern region of Iwate Prefecture, is the host town of the Republic of Paraguay for the 2020 Olympics. On September 24, 2020, all 32 fourth-grade students in the Ichinohe Elementary School worked together to create a universal design map by checking the accessibility of various facilities around the town. They checked various areas such as the pools in their …

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To realize a society in which all people can support each other ~“Inclusive Society Forum in Tono” Event Report~

The “Inclusive Society Forum in Tono” was held on January 31st, 2021 (Sun), which included a stage event with an award ceremony and presentation of projects under the theme of promoting an inclusive society. Participants of all ages, gender, nationality, and disability were also welcome to enjoy the various booths with activities related to sports and multicultural understanding set up for the event. With Tono being …

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Tono City and Juntendo University collaborate to create an inclusive community

            On September 23, 2020, the city of Tono held an online ceremony to commemorate a cooperation agreement with Juntendo University in Tokyo to promote an inclusive society through sports activities. The agreement will bring both parties to promote urban development and human resources development initiatives through parasport to create a harmonious, inclusive community.   The collaboration will be comprised of …


“Fujiyoshida 2020 Host Town Promotion Exhibition – Omoide France”

As the Olympic Host Town for the France national rugby team during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Fujiyoshida City is striving not only to get the public excited about the games but to also leave a lasting legacy by developing a wide range of exchange opportunities. As part of this effort, from December 1, 2020 through December 27, 2020, Fujiyoshida City implemented “Fujiyoshida 2020 Host …


France Photo Contest!

As part of the Host Town initiative, the city of Fujiyoshida organized the “France Photo Contest” marking one year to the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games. The contest was implemented not only as a means of encouraging public interest in France and the Olympic games, but also as tool for publicity, advertisement and promotion.The theme of the contest was “connections of the heart that bond …


Omotenashi Fujiyoshida Host Town Conversation Handbook

Fujiyoshida City will welcome players and members of the French Rugby Federation as the training site for the French National Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens teams leading up to the Tokyo Olympic Games. Subsequently it is expected that large numbers of international tourists will visit Mt. Fuji, Arakurayama Sengen Park and Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine. 【Mount Fuji from Arakurayama Sengen Park】【Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen …


Hanamaki’s Strong in the Rain Initiatives

The city of Hanamaki, in Iwate, is currently registerd as a 2020 Olympic Arigato Host Town for visiting athletes and tourists from both the United States and Austria. However, with the spread of COVID-19 across the globe, and the postponement of the Olympics, Hanamaki has decided to theme its various host town initiatives around Ame ni mo Makezu (Strong in the Rain), a poem by the …

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Newcomers show the way for Ichinomiya employment conundrum

It’s an early winter weekday, but staff at Third Place guest house in Ichinomiya, Chiba Prefecture, are far from winding down for the off-season.   After checking in two guests, owner Toshimune Hashimoto and his deputy, Keita Irie, wave off a few local surfers who have been using the showers, changing facilities and surfboard lockers that are a feature of Third Place, a Western style accommodation …

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City surfers look to Ichinomiya for lifestyle sea change

Naminori Real Estate located in Ichinomiya Town, Chiba, has barely opened its doors for business when the phone rings and an inquiry about a seafront property comes in from out of town. “At times the phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” comments staffer Romy Iwashita as she jots down the Tokyo-based caller’s details and preferred date to view the property.  The caller on this mid-November morning has an …

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