Highlighting JAPAN Vol.121 June 2018

ALTHOUGH the northern NORIKO SUGIIHokkaido city of Shibetsu only has around twenty thousand inhabitants, the number of athletes who come here throughout the year for training and tournaments exceed the population. Shibetsu offers a cool climate even in summer, and maintains an extensive range of well-equipped facilities near the camp’s lodgings that can be used for free—including an athletics facility approved by the Japanese Association of Athletics Federation, as well as ski jump and low-carbon training facilities. Shibetsu was selected as a host town of Taiwan by the Japanese government to be the training camp for Taiwanese weighlifting The Asahi Sanboudai Schanze ski jump hill, which can be used for training year-round key aspect of its appeal. The city established a policy of “delicious, safe food as a matter of course,” and received a group certification from GLOBALG.A.P. (GGAP) [see HJ May 2018, pp. 6-7] in 2009. At lodgings such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Village, the agricultural products supplied must meet the certification requirements of international agricultural production process management standards such as ASIAGAP and GGAP. Shibetsu currently has nine GGAP-certified producers producing five products—pumpkins, potatoes, onions, asparagus, and broccoli. Food has naturally become part of what attracts visitors. For instance, all members of the National Taiwan Normal University weightlifting team, As of 27 April 2018, 227 cities were registered as “host towns” for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. One is Shibetsu in Hokkaido, whose outstanding training camp offers great weather, extensive facilities and world-class food. team during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The city hosted its first training camp back in 1977 for Juntendo University’s track and field team, which has turned out many Olympians. Shibetsu has been welcoming top-class domestic athletes ever since—mainly long-distance runners—and since 1987 has been hosting athletes competing internationally in a variety of events, such as the national weightlifting team and Japan Ski Federation members. With the peak season lasting from July to September, sports teams from around the world now visit Shibetsu for training, including athletes from South Korea and Taiwan. Shibetsu is a major agricultural area, so of course food is another 8WITH A DISTINCTIVE AND APPETIZING EDGE AN OLYMPIC-CLASS TRAINING HAVEN IN HOKKAIDO

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