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Japan Photo Journal: Fanning the flame

(Mainichi/Daisuke Wada)

Spectators, many of whom are wearing masks, snap photos of the flame for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on March 23, 2020, in the Iwate Prefecture city of Ofunato, which was severely damaged by the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Although the International Olympic Committee has started to consider postponing the games due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the flame arrived from Greece as scheduled on the day to begin a tour around Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures that were hit hard by the disaster. Shozo Chiba, 77, a local resident who came to see the flame, said, "I thought the display might be postponed under the circumstances. I hope the games will be held in a safe manner as they are only held once every four years." The torch relay is currently scheduled to start from Fukushima Prefecture on March 26.

    (Japanese original by Tadashi Murakami, Sports News Department)

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