President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday visited Odawara City and met with the Mayor Kenichi Kato as part of his ongoing visit to Japan.
The president is currently on an official visit to Japan to attend the enthronement of the Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who ascended to the Chrysanthemum throne earlier this year, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito.
During their meeting, the two diplomats discussed different ways in which both countries can educate the other in various areas.
President Solih stated that he hoped to further expand relations between Japan and Maldives, to share best practices among local governments, at both national and provincial levels.
Additionally, the president conveyed his sympathies to the mayor and people of Odawara who were affected by Typhoon Hagibis. He commended the Japanese government on its swift action to recover from the damages.
While Japan hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, Odawara City is set to host the Maldivian athletes competing in the games during the pre-game training and the event.
The athletes will also be training at the Shiroyama Athletic Field in Odawara City, which was first built in 1955, with eight tracks, five throwing event areas and 12 jumping event areas for Olympic sports.
Mayor Kenichi assured that the city would provide Maldivian athletes with any support they required.
After the meeting, President Solih attended a lunch hosted by Mayor Kenichi, and visited the Shiroyama Athletic Field and the Suzuhiro Kamaboko (Fish Cake) Factory.