Japan Olympic Minister Visits Baseball Venue in Fukushima


Fukushima, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Seiko Hashimoto, Japan's minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, visited on Thursday a stadium in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, that will be used for baseball and softball games in the Olympics.

"The stadium, built with the athletes-first concept, is suitable for the 'reconstruction Olympics,'" Hashimoto told reporters.

This is the first time for Hashimoto to visit Fukushima since she assumed the ministerial post in a cabinet reshuffle last week. It is one of the three prefectures hit hardest by the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Ongoing renovation work, including artificial grass replacement, at the stadium, one of facilities in Azuma Sports Park in the city of Fukushima, the capital of the prefecture, is expected to be completed shortly.

Earlier in the day, Hashimoto held talks with Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori. "The reconstruction Olympics and Paralympics is the biggest theme for the Tokyo Games," Hashimoto, an Olympic speed skating bronze medalist, told the governor.

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