Governor hopes to see Tokyo Olympic Games torch relay in Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- The governor of Fukushima Prefecture said Tuesday he hopes to invite torch runners for the Tokyo Olympic Games to run through his prefecture to demonstrate its recovery from the 2011 earthquake and nuclear crisis.

"We hope to see torch relays here so the status of our reconstruction can be reported accurately," Yuhei Sato said at a press conference after his meeting with Yoshiro Mori, who heads the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mori, a former prime minister, said at the press conference that his committee will consider the request after receiving details from the prefecture.

In Fukushima, the March 2011 quake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., causing the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

The governor and the committee chief also agreed to strengthen their cooperation to speed up Fukushima's restoration.

The meeting between Mori and the Fukushima governor followed Mori's visits Monday to Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, also hit hard by the 2011 disaster.

June 17, 2014(Mainichi Japan)