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Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima

AP  |  Tokyo 

Organisers of the say the torch relay will start in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake, and nuclear disaster.

The route was approved by the organizing committee at a meeting with the central and governments today.

The relay will start on March 26, 2020 in and will head southward to Okinawa before making its way north again and arriving in on July 10.

Organisers want to help showcase Japan's recovery from the disaster that took more than 18,000 lives and triggered meltdowns at the nuclear power plant.

While reconstruction from the disaster is making steady progress, more than 70,000 people remain displaced from their communities.

The 2020 Olympics, the second in the Japanese capital following 1964, run from July 24 to August 9.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 09:45 IST