Quake - Hit Town To Educate Olympic Visitors

Quake-hit town to educate Olympic visitors

A town in Miyagi Prefecture which will host some of the 2020 Olympic events plans to set up facilities for visitors to learn about the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Rifu Town, which suffered damage in the disaster, will set up 10 spots between a local stadium for Olympic soccer events and the nearest train station, about three kilometers away, to welcome the visitors.

At these spots, people will be able to view soccer matches on large TV screens and experience Japanese culture, including tea ceremonies and calligraphy.

Town officials say they will also install cardboard beds and other equipment at an elementary school to give visitors hands-on experience of life at emergency shelters during disasters.

Panels will also be displayed to show the town's recovery from the 2011 disaster.

The officials plan to solicit volunteers to help run these facilities.

Rifu Town Mayor Yutaka Kumagai says many people offered support for his town after the disaster. He said that in return, town officials will work with residents to welcome visitors for the Olympic events to make them a success.