All national dailies wrote that the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced on Monday the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start on March 25 in Fukushima Prefecture. According to the organizer, the relay will start from the J-Village soccer training center in Fukushima and last for 121 days while traversing all of Japan’s 47 prefectures until July 23 when the Olympics are slated to open. The previous schedule for each region has been maintained aside from a one-day adjustment to fit next year’s calendar. The Paralympic torch relay will be held from Aug. 17–24 in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Shizuoka.
Meanwhile, Sankei quoted Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as telling a gathering of LDP politicians on Monday that the Tokyo Games should be held next year “no matter what happens.”