Olympic Flame for 2020 Games to Arrive in Japan at Miyagi


Fukushima, July 30 (Jiji Press)--Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee, said Monday that the Olympic flame for the 2020 Games will arrive in Japan at Miyagi Prefecture.

The announcement was made at a board meeting in J-Village, a soccer facility straddling the towns of Naraha and Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture, which neighbors Miyagi in the country's northeast.

The flame, to be lit in Olympia, Greece, the original site of the ancient Olympic Games, will arrive at the Matsushima base of the Air Self-Defense Force in the city of Higashimatsushima, according to Mori.

"We've been given a valuable opportunity to show our recovery to our country and the world," said Yoshiaki Sano, deputy governor of Miyagi, who attended the board meeting. He also noted that Higashimatsushima neighbors Ishinomaki, one of the Miyagi cities hit hardest by the March 2011 tsunami unleashed by a 9.0-magninude earthquake.

Monday's board meeting was also attended by Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori and postdisaster reconstruction minister Masayoshi Yoshino.

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