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TORCH RELAY

Japan Times
OLYMPICS
May 31, 2023
Paris Olympics torch relay will involve 10,000 runners
There will be 10,000 torchbearers to carry the Olympic flame as it passes through some 60 French departments ahead of the 2024 Games, Paris Olympic organizers announced on Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 20, 2021
Paralympic torch relay events begin in Tokyo as COVID-19 concerns linger
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike pledged to hold the Games safely, saying, "The Tokyo Games will not be a success, without the success of the Paralympics."
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 9, 2021
Without runners, Olympic torch relay gets off to muted start in Tokyo
Despite wet conditions and the opening ceremony being held behind closed doors, about 100 people gathered to get a glimpse of the flame.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 30, 2021
With Tokyo cases rising, Olympic organizers see ticket lottery complication
An extension of current COVID-19 measures would wreak havoc on organizers' plans, since it would require them to further whittle down the number of spectators.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 27, 2021
Olympic torch relay likely to be taken off public roads in Hokkaido
Officials said the Hokkaido government plans to cancel the two-day relay on public roads in 18 municipalities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 17, 2021
Downscaled Olympic torch relay held in Hiroshima amid COVID-19 surge
The torchbearers gathered in the city of Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, as organizers decided not to use public roads for the relay.
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JAPAN
May 7, 2021
Paralympic flame event at Sagamihara massacre site to be scrapped
Some relatives of the victims of the stabbings at Tsukui Yamayuri En, as well as support groups, voiced opposition to the plan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 5, 2021
World's oldest person pulls out of Olympic torch relay due to COVID-19 concerns
Kane Tanaka, who was awarded a Guinness World Record, was slated to be one of the relay participants in Fukuoka, which will start on May 11.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 2, 2021
Six Tokyo Olympics torch relay staff members test positive for COVID-19
A total of eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start on March 25 of the Japan leg of the torch relay
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JAPAN
Apr 24, 2021
Olympic torch relay sees first total cancellation
Okinawa Prefecture organizers announced Friday that the May 2 leg in Miyakojima will not be run at all, and no events will be held.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 22, 2021
Tokyo Olympic torch staffer becomes event's 1st COVID-19 infection
A police officer helping with Japan's Olympic Torch relay has become the first participant in the event to be diagnosed with COVID-19, organizers said on Thursday.
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JAPAN
Apr 14, 2021
Ehime city moves Olympic torch relay off roads due to virus
A total of 27 torchbearers were initially scheduled to run on Matsuyama's roads.
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JAPAN
Apr 14, 2021
Organizers celebrate 100 days until problem-plagued Tokyo Games
Countless controversial elements regarding restrictions on spectator attendance and the priority vaccination of competing athletes, among others, remain undecided.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 13, 2021
Olympic torch carried through empty Osaka park as COVID-19 cases rise
The Tokyo Organizing Committee decided not to run the relay along public roads in Osaka last week after authorities declared a medical state of emergency in the city over the virus.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 7, 2021
Shimane Prefecture approves Olympic torch relay after initial opposition
Shimane Prefecture has so far confirmed about 290 coronavirus cases, while the cumulative number of infections in Tokyo stood at 123,350 as of Tuesday.
JAPAN
Apr 2, 2021
Tokyo Olympic all-male torch relay leg lets women in after backlash
In the relay leg due to be held Tuesday, only men were initially set to be allowed to board a boat to be used in the 200-meter segment, crossing a canal in Handa, Aichi Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 2, 2021
Tokyo Olympic torch relay in Osaka to be canceled due to virus spike
Some sections of the relay have been heavily crowded, even though organizers have said segments may be skipped if too many people show up to watch.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Mar 31, 2021
Japanese stars have no burning desire to be involved in torch relay
For many Japanese celebrities, the risks of taking part in the Tokyo Olympic torch relay appear to be outweighing the benefits, with many pouring cold water on the traditional pre-Olympics celebration.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2021
Start of Olympic torch relay draws mixed feelings in Fukushima
While some are keen to show off the progress the Tohoku region has made in the past 10 years, others feel the government has used the 2011 disasters to promote the Olympics.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2021
Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins amid COVID-19 fears
The relay will be a crucial opportunity for organizers to convince people that it is capable of safely staging the games amid the pandemic.

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