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Mayor Meets Shizuoka Mayor, Pledges to Strengthen Sports Exchange

Members of a delegation led by Shizuoka Mayor Nobuhiro Tanabe met with Mayor Ko Wen-je at city hall on December 21. The two mayors promised to strengthen sports exchange.
The delegation from Shizuoka is in town to attend the 2015 Taipei Marathon. Shizuoka will also be hosting a major marathon event in March of 2016.
Mayor Ko remarked that the first Taipei Marathon was held in 1986. Knowing that the Shizuoka Marathon will be taking place in March, the mayor pledged to send a delegation at that time to strengthen sports exchange of the two cities.
Ko also noted that Shizuoka is the hometown of Chibi Maruko, which happens to be his kids’ favorite cartoon character. He also invited Shizuoka to attend the upcoming Velo-City Global 2016 and Universiade Taipei 2017.
During his address, Mayor Tanabe noted that he was impressed by Taipei Marathon. The 30-year-old event is like the bigger brother of Shizuoka Marathon. He invited representatives of Taipei to visit the upcoming Marathon and extended the invitation to Ko to visit Shizuoka when the latter stops by Tokyo in early 2016.