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Junior high and high school students took part in a cultural program linked to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Sunday to gain experience in journalism.

After receiving a lecture from a journalist, 22 students from Tokyo and elsewhere reported on a cultural event introducing traditional Japanese culture.

As part of the so-called Cultural Olympiad, cultural programs certified by the Olympic organizing committee will be held across the country leading up to the Olympic Games.

Seira Sakurai, a 17-year-old from Fukushima Prefecture, said, “I have made so many discoveries today because I have not had many opportunities to experience traditional culture. I want to send out a story to say the present is built on the past.”

The latest event was the first of a series of programs aimed at providing students with opportunities to gain experience in journalism by covering Cultural Olympiad events while deepening their understanding of Japanese culture.

The events are organized by Arts Council Tokyo, a group supporting artistic and cultural activities, Kyodo News and public organizations.

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