2 Years to Go: Themes of Reconstruction Seen Not Reflected in Tokyo Games


Ishinomaki, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)--Concerns linger that the basic themes of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, to show that the northeastern Japan region is close to completing reconstruction after the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, are not well reflected in the planning and preparations for the events.

Part of the Olympic torch relay and some sports events for the Tokyo Games will be held in the three hardest-hit Tohoku northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

The Olympic cauldron of the previous Tokyo Games in 1964 has been loaned for display to the Miyagi coastal city of Ishinomaki as a symbol of reconstruction.

During the Ishinomaki Fukko (Reconstruction) Marathon in June, the cauldron was lit in a park in the city. It also will be loaned to Iwate, Fukushima and elsewhere starting in fiscal 2019.

The torch relay is set to start on March 26, 2020, in Fukushima, home to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was heavily damaged in the disaster.

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