• Kyodo


The first flames for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics will be lit in over 140 municipalities across 28 prefectures Aug. 13 in the run-up to the torch relay, the organizing committee said Thursday.

The initial wave of ceremonies to celebrate the lighting of flames will be held through Aug. 17 in 43 prefectures. The flames, to be lit in a variety of unique ways by each prefecture, will visit schools, hospitals, sightseeing spots and facilities connected to the Paralympics ahead of their respective departure ceremonies.

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