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A visiting Japanese official is visiting Youngstown, Cleveland and Pittsburgh as part of a tour of the region.

Arika Aizawa, an official from Kitaibaraki, Japan, was in Youngstown Tuesday along with Dr. Seth Benjamin of the Japan Local Government Center of New York as part of a tour of the region.

The city played host Tuesday to a Japanese local government official that wants to know how communities such as Youngstown are rebuilding themselves in the face of population decline and other challenges.

Youngstown is known for having limited food options within city borders.