What is a "Host town"?

A "Host Town" is a registration system that allows Japanese local governments to exchange human, economic and cultural information with the participating countries and regions of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What is an “Arigato Host Town”

In some host towns, the local governments in the three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures) are rebuilding with the help of overseas countries and regions that have provided assistance for the cause. There is a program called "Arigato host town" that conducts exchanges between host towns and those countries.

Registrated Host Town List

 … Arigato Host Towns

Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki City

  • Taiwan
  • Brazil

Misawa City

  • Canada

Nishimeya Village

  • Italy

Iwate Prefecture

Morioka City

  • Canada

Shiwa Town

  • Canada

Ofunato City

  • United States of America

Hanamaki City

  • United States of America
  • Australia

Noda Village

  • Taiwan

Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai City

  • Italy

Natori City

  • Canada

Akita prefecture

Odate City

  • Thailand

Semboku City

  • Thailand

Misato Town

  • Thailand

Yamagata prefecture

Yamagata City

  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Samoa

Shinjo City

  • Taiwan

Fukushima Prefecture

Aizuwakamatsu City

  • Thailand

Kitakata City

  • United States of America

Kita Shiobara Village

  • Taiwan

Minamisoma City

  • United States of America
  • Taiwan
  • Djibouti
  • South Korea