March 24, 2020 / 8:44 AM / 3 months ago

Japan to scale back Olympic torch relay: Fukushima official

A junior highschool student lights the Olympic flame at an Olympic cauldron during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Flame of Recovery tour in Fukushima, Japan March 24, 2020, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Olympic flame, which flew to Japan last week from Greece, will be carried not by relay runners, but in a lantern in a scaled-down flame display event starting on Thursday from northern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, a local government official said.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Alison Williams

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