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Host Town Initiative (English Page)

Host Town Initiative (English Page)
(2018年11月30日更新)

2020 Tokyo Olympics / Paralympics Host Town Initiative

 

About the Host Town Initiative

 The Host Town Initiative is a government program made to promote human, economic and cultural exchanges between regional public organizations all over Japan and the participating countries/regions, going towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Through this program, Japan hopes to become a sports-focused country, promote globalism, invigorate local areas, and promote tourism.

 

   ※For more information on all registered host towns in the country visit the Cabinet Secretariat website.
http://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/singi/tokyo2020_suishin_honbu/hosttown_suisin/

 

Registration as Host Town with Slovakia

Gifu City was registered as a host town to Slovakia on December 9, 2016. The catalyst of this relationship was a suggestion from the Japanese Embassy in Slovakia based in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city, for a sister city relationship with Gifu City. Now, going towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we will hold exchanges with Slovakia in a variety of areas including sports and culture, as the Host Town with Nobunaga’s Hospitality.  

 

Exchange Plan 
 

 

About Slovakia

 Area  about 49,000km²
Population: about 5,440,000
Capital:  Bratislava
  (area about 368km²,
  population about 430,000)
Time Difference: -8 hrs
  (Daylight Savings -7 hrs)    

  Slovakia is a land-bound country in middle Europe. The capital, Bratislava, faces the Danube River, and shares borders with Hungary and Austria. Once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, Bratislava is a city of history and old architecture.
Bratislava Castle sits on a hill overlooking the Danube River and the city. The townscape of Bratislava is very similar to that of Gifu City. 

 

 

 

Creation of Host Town Promotion Organization

This organization is composed of the Vice-Mayor, Superintendent of the Board of Education, and the department heads of related departments, and was created to comprehensively promote host town activities (April 26, 2017). 
The organization plans exchanges of opinions and promotion of events in relation to Host Town exchanges and other related activities.

 

 Organization Head Meetings 

        (Dates: May 2017, February 2018, May 2018)
○Regular Organization Meetings
(Dates: June 2017, August 2017, January 2018, May 2018, August 2018)
 

 

Exchange with Slovakia 

○July 2017  Visiting Slovakia

A delegation led by the Mayor made their first visit to the Capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. The delegation met with the Slovak Olympic Committee President, Slovak Paralympic Committee President, and Table Tennis Association President about pre-Olympic and Paralympic training camps in Gifu City, as well as meeting the Vice-Mayor of Bratislava as a first step in host town exchanges. 



○January 2018  Host Town Exchange Activity: Slovakia Festival

The Slovakia Festival is a citizen-run event based around Slovakia as a theme that was put on in Gifu Media Cosmos. Around 150 people participated in a traditional Slovak folk dance, and enjoyed homemade sweets from Adela, a Slovak national, as well as making magnets with traditional Slovak patterns. Coinciding with this event was the Slovakia Exhibit, a display of traditional crafts and posters of Slovak landscapes provided by the Slovak Embassy in Japan.  




○May, 2018  Host Town Exchange Activity: Lecture by the Ambassador of Slovakia to Japan
The Ambassador of Slovakia to Japan was invited to put on a lecture about Slovakia’s history and culture as a 2020 Tokyo Olympics/Paralympics Host Town Exchange Activity. Around 180 people attended the lecture, and they actively asked questions, showing a high level of interest in Slovakia. Along with the lecture a Slovakia Exhibit was put up, displaying traditional crafts and posters of Slovak landscapes provided by the Slovak Embassy in Japan.


○July 2018  Gifu City Promotion in Slovakia
A booth was opened at NATSUMATSURI (sponsored by the Japan Embassy in Slovakia), a festival of Japanese Culture, in Slovakia’s capital of Bratislava. In addition to displaying traditional crafts such as Gifu lanterns and paper umbrellas, there was a display and tasting of ayugashi (sweet pastries) and Japanese sake. 2,500 Bratislava citizens attended the event, and the Gifu City booth was a great success.


○July 2018  Slovak Karate Union Athletes and Coaches Visit Gifu
Athletes and coaches from the Slovak Karate Union visited Gifu City for the first time. Along with visiting and practicing in city facilities such as the Gifu City Taiiku Rooms, they conducted various exchanges with citizens, including school lunch at Gifu Chuo Junior High School and kata performance at the Citizens Karate Tournament.



○August 2018  Slovak Paralympic Committee Delegation Visits Gifu 
A 2-member delegation from the Slovak Paralympic Committee visited Gifu City to look at locations. In preparation for a potential training camp in Gifu City for athletes of the Paralympic sports of table tennis and boccia, the delegates visited various city facilities such as Moegi no Sato Multipurpose Gymnasium. They also viewed the 1300-year-old tradition of Ukai – Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River.



○October 2018 Visit to Slovakia
 
A Gifu City delegation led by the Mayor visited Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and met with the presidents of the Table Tennis Association, Karate Union and Paralympic Committee to sign memorandums of understanding on setting up training camps in Gifu City leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.