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Sport Olympic flame to stay a month in Fukushima; next stop unsure

16:40  01 april  2020
16:40  01 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Tokyo 2020 organisers left the Olympic flame in the hands of Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday where it will be on display in a lantern for the next month The handover took place at a subdued ceremony at the J-Village National Training Centre in Fukushima , which was originally set to be the

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame has been put on public display in Fukushima , where it will remain The Flame display in the disaster-hit region will be open each day from 9am to 4pm, and will be housed in a lantern. Organisers have asked visitors to observe precautions when they come to view the Flame .

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, the Olympic Flame burns during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan. The Olympic flame is going to be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official handover ceremonyon Wednesday, April 1, at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) © APWF FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, the Olympic Flame burns during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan. The Olympic flame is going to be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official handover ceremonyon Wednesday, April 1, at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.

Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.

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Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. He added that the Olympic Torch Relay would be suspended, but the Olympic flame will remain in Fukushima , on the “When the Paralympic Games do happen in Tokyo next year, they will be a spectacular global celebration of

Meanwhile, NHK said the Olympic flame would be displayed for a month at the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima , which was used as a base camp for thousands of relief workers in radiation protection suits during the 2011 nuclear disaster. Published in Dawn, March 30th, 2020.

The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.

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The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday's event merely ceremonial.

The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.

Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.

Officials have not said where the flame will go at the end of the month.

The flame was to help put a focus on the region's struggle to recover from the events nine years ago. However, the emphasis of the Olympics next year is likely to shift to the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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