The torch relay event was held briefly because of Corona 19, with the public audiences are canceled and only the event officials attended.
Departing from Fukushima that day, the torch will travel across Japan and arrive at the Tokyo National Stadium on July 23, the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics were originally scheduled to be held last year, but it was postponed for one year due to the worldwide epidemic of Corona 19. However, as the Corona 19 epidemic continued until recently, public opinion that the Olympics should be canceled or postponed again is dominant in Japan. Accordingly, the Japanese government and the Olympic Committee decided not to accept foreign audiences for this Olympics.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said at the starting ceremony on the day, “The starting point of this event is the Revival Olympics and Paralympic Games. It is hoped that the torch relay that begins in J Village, a symbol of revival, will be a path of hope for the event while safely traveling around the country with the cooperation of the people and that it will lead to a step of 'sustainable recovery' from Corona 19 by further accelerating the revival.
Meanwhile, actress Satomi Ishihara and Paralympic athlete Akitaguchi lit the torch.