About Union of Kansai Governments

About Union of Kansai Governments

Seven prefectures in the Kansai region came together to establish Union of Kansai Governments on December 1, 2010 to usher in a new age originating from the region. This wide-area public entity is Japan's first cross-prefectural union of local governments.

The Union initially set seven areas for region-wide administrative action: disaster preparedness, the promotion of tourism and culture, industrial promotion, healthcare services, environmental conservation, staff training, and certification exams, licensing, etc.

In the future, as a growing region-wide association, the Union intends to widen its scope of activity to encompass the integrated management of ports and harbors, and carry out unified planning, maintenance, administration, etc., for national roads and rivers. The aim is for the Union to be an all-purpose outpost agency that the central government can quickly turn to for delegating administrative tasks and legal authority.

The Union will act in concert with all involved prefectures and cities.

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The Relation of Union of Kansai Governments and Kansai World Masters Games 2021

In October 2012, the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) sent a correspondence to Union of Kansai Governments about the possibility of hosting Kansai World Masters Games 2021. The Union then sent a team of observers to the Torino Games in August 2013. Based on their findings, the Council of the Union of Kansai Governments agreed at the end of August to launch a private-public initiative to prepare to host the Games in Kansai in 2021.

In September 2013, to establish the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 Preparatory Committee a meeting was held that consisted of Kansai prefectures and cities, economic associations, and sports associations. In November, the IMGA sent an inspection team to Japan and the Preparatory Committee met with the team and arranged a basic agreement to host the Games.

Hosting the Games in Kansai will be a superb opportunity to promote to the world "The Flower of Japan—Kansai," with its abundance of regional resources, by carrying out international exchange, expanding tourism-related industries, and invigorating the region through sports tourism with the largest anticipated number of participants in the Games' history.

In addition, hosting the Games will help to promote the playing of lifelong sports and realizing a healthy-minded and vital aging society. It will contribute to Japan's goal of becoming a sports-oriented nation and serve as a guidepost to other countries facing the issue of a graying society, thereby playing a significant role not only for the Kansai region but also for Japan as a whole.