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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Torch relay kicks off countdown to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Celebrations in Fukushima muted by COVID-19 and empty stands

The Olympic torch will travel through 859 cities and towns across Japan in 121 days starting Thursday, marking the point of no return for the troubled summer games. (Pool photo)

FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- The torch relay for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo began on Thursday, a year and a day after it was originally scheduled, officially starting the clock on Japan's ill-fated summer games.

The torch relay will pass through 859 cities and towns across Japan in 121 days. It will reach the National Stadium in Tokyo on July 23, the day of the opening ceremony of the XXXII Olympiad and 2020 Summer Paralympics.

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