Tokyo Olympic Torches Resold Online at High Prices

Society

Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)--A number of torches used for last year's Tokyo Olympic Games have been resold online although their resale is prohibited by an agreement that torch runners had to sign.

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Summer Games is asking online flea market and other operators to delete information on the torches in question.

"This is a real Olympic torch," said one seller, who put a torch for sale on such a market run by Mercari Inc. <4385> for an initial 1.25 million yen in mid-June, far higher than some 70,000 yen for which the committee sold each torch to torch runners and municipalities that hosted torch relay events. The torch has been sold at "a final discount" price of 560,000 yen.

Another seller explained the reason for reselling, saying, "I don't have a place to display it at home."

The torches are 71 centimeters long and weigh 1.2 kilograms each. With a color combination of gold and pink, they are made partly from aluminum used in temporary homes built in the northeastern Japan prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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