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Tokyo Olympic torch relay should go through Fukushima, official says

Yuhei Sato, Yoshiro Mori

Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, right, poses with Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, at Fukushima prefectural government’s office in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Sato said he wants the Olympic torch to come to the prefecture so the world can see how far the region recovered from the nuclear crisis. Sato made the proposal during a meeting with Mori, former prime minister, who was in Fukushima as part of his tour of northern Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY


The governor of Fukushima, the site of 2011 nuclear plant meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami, wants the 2020 Olympic torch relay to visit the disaster-struck region 155 miles north of the Olympic host Tokyo.

“We wish to have a torch relay here so that the status of our reconstruction can be conveyed accurately,” Yuhei Sato said Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse.

Sato made the proposal to the head of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, who said the request will be considered, according to reports.

The Fukushima meltdowns were a cause of concern as Tokyo bid for the 2020 Olympics last year. It won an International Olympic Committee vote over Istanbul and Madrid and will host its second Games, 56 years after its first.

In the question-and-answer session at the IOC session, Tokyo organizers were asked about a recent leak of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant. It marked the fifth and largest leak from the plant damaged by the 2011 tsunami. There remain concerns over possible radiation effects.

“Let me assure you the situation is under control,” Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said in September. “It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo.”

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