Tokyo Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima on March 26, 2020
Jiji -- Jul 13
The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will start in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 26 of that year, the organizing committee of the games announced on Thursday.

The relay will take place over a period of 121 days until July 24, 2020, when the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Games will be held, with the torch traveling through all of the country's 47 prefectures.

The overall schedule and other specifics, including the order of prefectures for the relay and the number of days to be spent in each prefecture, were approved at Thursday's meeting of senior officials of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Japanese government and the Tokyo metropolitan government.

An idea of starting the relay in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, where the weather is warm even at the beginning of spring, was once studied as an option.

But the parties involved eventually picked Fukushima, one of the three prefectures hit hardest by the March 11, 2011, powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the starting point, in light of the 2020 games' concept of having the event showcase to the world the reconstruction of areas damaged by the disaster and the fact that a number of Fukushima residents have been evacuated.

News source: Jiji
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