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Shimane Prefecture may cancel participation in Olympic torch relay

  • February 18, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that Shimane Governor Maruyama said at a prefectural meeting on Wednesday that it will be difficult for the prefecture to gain residents’ understanding for participating in the nationwide Olympic torch relay if the coronavirus situation in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan does not improve. The governor later told reporters that it is difficult for the prefecture to give its full support to the torch relay because neither the Tokyo Metropolitan Government nor the GOJ are taking appropriate measures against COVID-19 infection in the nation although he feels very sorry for those who are looking forward to participating in the event in May. The governor is planning to make an official decision to cancel the prefecture’s participation if sufficient steps are not taken within a month.


Nikkei and Sankei wrote that Tokushima Governor Iizumi, who chairs the National Governors’ Association, issued a comment on Wednesday calling on the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee to swiftly provide the details of the torch relay event.

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