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Ota, Gunma | Softball

Ota, Gunma | Softball

In Ota city, Gunma softball is a very popular sport with multiple softball teams from primary and junior high schools that compete at the national level. The city has had exchange opportunities with Australia including primary school students visiting Australia for short-term study trips, and the city also jointly hosted a cultural project with the Sydney Opera House in 2018.

Ota has hosted pre-camps for the Australian women’s softball national team “Aussie Spirit” three times, in July and October 2018, and September 2019. They have also agreed to host the team ahead of the rescheduled Olympic games next year.

Ota City is registered as a host town for Australia under the Japanese Government’s “Host Town Initiative”.

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