The Olympic flame for Tokyo 2020 was lit on 12 March 2020 at Olympia in Greece, and arrived in Japan a few days later. The flame remained on Japanese soil since it was announced that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be postponed to 2021. The Relay continued its journey on 25 March 2021 from Fukushima Prefecture, and travelled to the 47 prefectures of Japan over 112 days. The flame arrived in Tokyo on 9 July, and will be used to light the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium during the Games Opening Ceremony on 23 July.
As 2021 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Relay aimed to showcase the recovery of the areas worst affected by the disaster. It also symbolised a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves a symbol of the resilience, unity and solidarity of humankind.
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