Kitakyushu, an international industrial and trade city embracing a population of one million, was established in February 1963 by the equal amalgamation of the five cities of Moji, Kokura, Wakamatsu, Yahata and Tobata.

Located close to other Asian countries, Kitakyushu has thrived as a gateway to Asia due to its convenient location between Tokyo and Shanghai and as an industrial base in Japan.

Now as a hub city of a metropolitan sphere with a population of 2 million people, Kitakyushu is being regenerated as a city of energy and charm.

Kitakyushu is the camp venue for the Wales national rugby union team in the Rugby World Cup 2019, and will also be the camp venue for the GB Team ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games. As part of this initiative, the city will provide considerable support for the Great Britain team during planned training camps ahead of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, the Paralympic Test Event and the Paralympic Games in 2020. GBWR will support the city with a number of civic engagements in schools and businesses and will open their doors for the citizens of the city to watch GB training sessions. To announce the partnership, GBWR welcomed the Mayor of Kitakyushu, Mr Kenji Kitahashi, to Leicester to enjoy the King Power Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament, and to sign the Memorandum of Understanding at a signing ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leicester.