Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay to Start from Fukushima's J-Village


Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)--The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee said Tuesday that the Olympic torch relay will start from the J-Village national soccer training center in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The committee made the announcement on the day to mark 500 days to go until July 24, 2020, when the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony will be held.

J-Village, which straddles the towns of Naraha and Hirono, was once used as a base for dealing with the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The torch relay starts on March 26, 2020.

The Olympic flame, which will be lit in Greece, is slated to arrive in the Air Self-Defense Force's Matsushima base in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Fukushima, on March 20 that year.

The committee also picked locations in Miyagi, Iwate Prefecture, north of Miyagi, and Fukushima to display the flame before the start of the relay to support reconstruction of the three prefectures hit especially hard by the disaster.

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