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‘ARIGATO’ Host Towns

Aired: February 23, 2021 (UTC)


The Host Town initiative was launched to connect local Japanese cities, towns and villages with countries and regions taking part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and promote interpersonal and economic exchange in sports and culture.

Through their respective Host Towns, participating countries and regions can develop long-term relationships with different areas in Japan. As part of this initiative, 32 local governments from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures have participated in the ‘ARIGATO’ Host Town for Supporting Reconstruction program to express their gratitude for the support they received from countries and regions abroad after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

The project will highlight three unique examples of ‘ARIGATO’ Host Town relationship, present exchanges that emerged out of disaster relief efforts, and report on the current state of reconstruction ten years after the disaster.


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