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Disaster-hit areas to display Tokyo 2020 Olympic flame

Date : 13 Mar 2019

Tokyo, Japan, March 12, 2019: Tokyo 2020 today announced the locations where the Olympic flame will be on public display prior to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, which bore the brunt of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

This follows an agreement with the IOC, Japan's Reconstruction Agency and the three prefectural authorities.

The planned display is based on the concept that the Olympic Games should aid reconstruction in disaster-hit areas of Japan. It will align with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay concept "Hope Lights Our Way" in what will be the tenth year since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Tokyo 2020 will exhibit the Olympic flame--which will be lit in Greece--in the three most affected prefectures for two days each during March 20-25, 2020, aiming to give the public in those areas the best opportunity to view it before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.

The Relay itself will commence on March 26 at the National Training Center J-Village in Fukushima. It will pass through all 47 prefectures in Japan over 121 days, giving these a chance to showcase their diverse cultural and scenic attractions.



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