The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. It has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday‘s “handover ceremony” merely symbolic. A woman poses for a photo with the Olympic Flame during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Jae C. Hong / AP) The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan's northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.
Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.
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The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organisers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus
The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday's event merely ceremonial
The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors
Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021
Officials have not said where the flame will go at the end of the month
The flame was to help put a focus on the region's struggle to recover from the events nine years ago. However, the emphasis of the Olympics next year is likely to shift to the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic