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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Fanless but not funless: Japan tries to bring cheer to Olympics

From Tokyo to Sapporo, first events begin ahead of opening ceremony

Members of Australia's softball team prepare for the Olympics at a training camp in Japan. They play the opening game with Japan on July 21.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium, the venue for the upcoming Olympic softball game between Japan and Australia, was guarded closely by police officers Tuesday. A "no entry" sign stood at the front doors.

Eager to brighten up a venue that will have no spectators, high school students in the northeastern prefecture installed a flower bed at the entrance. It showcases locally grown begonias and marigolds arranged in the shape of the Olympic rings.

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