As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the government will jointly hold Sports Culture Davos in fall 2016 in Tokyo and in the Kansai region with the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said.

During the three-day Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014 in Tianjin, China, that was hosted by WEF and closed on Friday, Shimomura met WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab. The two formally decided on the plan and discussed details at the annual meeting, dubbed the "Summer Davos."

"We will bring over 2000 top-level artists and athletes from all over the world to the conference, which will be held in Tokyo for two days and in the Kansai region for one day," Shimomura told The Japan Times in an interview this week.