1964 Olympics Cauldron Opened to Public in Iwate Pref.

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Morioka, Iwate Pref., May 22 (Jiji Press)--The Olympics cauldron used in the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games was unveiled to the general public on Wednesday at an athletics field in Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

The unveiling ceremony scheduled for the previous day was canceled due to bad weather.

The cauldron, originally placed at the now-demolished old National Stadium, was brought to the Iwate capital to drum up public momentum for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The display is part of the cauldron's tour of locations including the Tohoku region hit hard by the 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami, which also caused a severe accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

Organizers aim to bill the Tokyo Games as the "revitalization Olympics and Paralympics" to accelerate reconstruction in the areas affected by the natural disaster and the nuclear accident.

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