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Victory parade set for Japan's Olympic, Paralympic medalists

A victory parade will be held on Oct. 7 for Japanese Olympic and Paralympic medalists who competed in the Rio de Janeiro Games, organizers said.

    The parade is set to travel 2.5 kilometers through Tokyo's Chuo Ward, from an intersection in Ginza to the headquarters of Mitsui Fudosan Co. in Nihonbashi-Muromachi, according to an organizing committee comprised of the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee and other bodies.

    Planned participants include Japanese Olympic team captain Saori Yoshida, winner of the silver medal in the 53-kilogram category of women's freestyle wrestling at Rio.

    The event will begin at 10:40 a.m. with a departing ceremony at a specially built venue near Toranomon Hills in Minato Ward, where the office of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is located, before moving to Ginza. The parade is scheduled to begin rain or shine at 11:15 a.m. and run until noon. The parade held after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London four years ago attracted close to 500,000 people.

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