The students of Iitate Village Junior High School paid a courtesy visit to Shunichi Suzuki, Minister of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, on 24 April as part of the program of their school graduation trip. Due to Tokyo 2020, Iitate Village has established Host Town relationship with Republic of Laos under the “Reconstruction ‘Arigato’ Host Town program. The students reported on the activities conducted in school, and they set up Iitate Olympic Committee (IOC) in their school to plan for exchange activities with Laos.

Seven third-graders shared about the national anthem of Laos, and the preparation work done by the IOC so far, such as creating dishes incorporating local food from Laos and Iitate village, producting an original T-shirt and making a miniature of “Gate of Victory” of Ventiane, capital of Laos.

Minister Suzuki listened to the presentation by the students and encouraged the students, saying "You have done good work. With this Host Town exchange opportunity, I would like you to be interested in foreign countries and soar as an international person."