2020 Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay to Start from Fukushima via Japan Forward

日本語オリジナルは福島から聖火リレー 復興と感謝、世界に発信 「被災地発に意味」「現実見て」

The torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will start from Fukushima on March 26 of the Olympic year. The plan was approved at the July 12 meeting of the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee.

Starting the Olympics celebrations there will send a message of hope, as the region was severely hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and tsunami-caused nuclear meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power complex.


Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto said: “This is a golden opportunity to help raise the profile of the prefecture of Fukushima and the Futaba district, both of which have energetically taken on post-disaster reconstruction. We believe the Olympic torch relay, for our area, will certainly have significance commensurate with the Tokyo Games, which are alternatively called the ‘Reconstruction Olympics.’”  


Mayor Satoshi Endo of the town of Hirono, also in Fukushima’s Hamadori region, hosts the J-Village national soccer training center, whose facilities was set to partly resume operations by the end of July 2018. The town’s mayor, Satoshi Endo, noted, “Given that the J-Village has served as a pivot for helping reconstruction projects, we in the town of Hirono are ready to help rev up the Olympics on the strength of the J-Village.”

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