Tokyo Olympics torch relay gets underway in Fukushima's shadow

By Kiyoshi Takenaka, Elaine Lies and Ju-min Park FUKUSHIMA/TOKYO (Reuters) – The Olympic torch relay set off from Fukushima on Thursday, beginning a four-month countdown to the summer Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 and the first ever organised during a global pandemic. About 10,000 runners will carry the torch across Japan’s 47 prefectures and far-flung islands, starting from the site of the 2011 quake and tsunami that killed about 20,000 people and sent tens of thousands fleeing radioactive plumes. The first section of the relay did not have spectators, to prevent large crowds, and roadsid…

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