Tokyo Olympic Torch Relay kicks off in Fukushima

2021-03-25 12:02:24

Tokyo's governor Yuriko Koike delivers a speech during the Grand Start of the Olympic Torch Relay in Naraha, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies] TOKYO — The torch relay for the postponed Tokyo Olympics began its 121-day journey across Japan on Thursday and is headed toward the opening ceremony in Tokyo on July 23. The relay began in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, the area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. About 18,000 died in the tragedy, The first runner with the torch was Azusa Iwashimizu, a player from the Japan team that won the Women’s World Cup in 2011.