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Olympics: Torch relay should go past Fukushima, says governor

Published on Jun 17, 2014 8:50 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - The Fukushima authorities said on Tuesday that they wanted the Olympic torch relay to pass close to the crippled nuclear plant when Japan hosts the 2020 Games, despite uncertainties over radioactive contamination there.

Mr Yuhei Sato, the region's Governor, proposed that runners use a national highway that passes the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, where reactors were sent into meltdown after Japan's huge earthquake-tsunami disaster in 2011.

At its closest point, the road is around 2km from the plant, although Sato did not specify if runners should use that part of the highway.

"We wish to have a torch relay here so that the status of our reconstruction can be conveyed accurately," he told a news conference after meeting Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

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