Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is scheduled to lead a delegation of officials to Tokyo to uncover how the Japanese capital are preparing for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The focus of the trip will be to gain information which could prove useful for Taipei as they prepare to host the 29th edition of the Summer Universiade in 2017.
Wen-je is due to meet with key officials in Tokyo, including the city’s Governor Yōichi Masuzoe, to discuss how Japan’s capital city are dealing with the challenges of hosting a major international sporting event.
Among the areas which are expected to be discussed are Tokyo’s transportation plans, including how they are planning to cope with the increased demands on their public services and traffic on the roads.
Procedures in the event of a major disaster, preparations of their venues for the Games and how Tokyo are looking to ensure the safety of visitors, are also due to be among the topics raised during the meetings.
Taipei 2017 chief executive Su Li-chiung and former Chinese Taipei Premier Frank Hsieh are among the key officials joining Wen-je during the visit.
The Tokyo Dome is one of several sporting venues which the travelling party are due to visit throughout the course of their trip.
After Tokyo the party are scheduled to visit Yokohama, a city Taipei is twinned with, before the visit draws to a close in Osaka.
It is hoped the knowledge gained will help Taipei with organising what will be largest international sports event Chinese Taipei has ever hosted.
Taipei were awarded the Summer Universiade in November 2011 by the International University Sports Federation, beating Brazilian capital Brasília.
The event will feature 17 sports, including swimming, diving, basketball, fencing, football, judo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball, and will be held in venues across Taipei, Keelung, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.