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Japanese lawmakers named special advisers for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

2017/08/09 15:20

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- Five Japanese lawmakers were named special advisers for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Wednesday, a move designed to help strengthen sports and cultural cooperation between the two neighboring nations.

The organizing committee for PyeongChang 2018 said the five advisers are Yuichiro Uozumi, Keiichi Koshimizu, Yasuhiro Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Miura and Takae Ito. All are representatives of the Komeito Party.

Two years after the PyeongChang Games, Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics. Organizers of the two host cities, along with the 2022 Winter Olympics host, Beijing, have held talks on working together to ensure efficient preparations for and promotion of their competitions. Earlier this year, the three host cities said they'd explore possibilities of joint promotional activities for all three Olympic Games during the PyeongChang Games, among other potential cooperative projects.

The continent of Asia has never before hosted three consecutive Olympic Games.

"The appointment of these Komeito Party lawmakers as special advisers will provide a huge impetus to our countries' mutual cooperation on the occasion of PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020," said Lee Hee-beom, head of PyeongChang's organizing committee. "Sports have always bound people together. This will strengthen our partnership."

   The five lawmakers responded that they'll try to promote the PyeongChang Olympics in their home country and will make concerted efforts to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.