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Iwate Train Carries Olympic Flame to Mark Reconstruction

Iwate Train Carries Olympic Flame to Mark Reconstruction

   Kamaishi, Iwate Pref., March 22 (Jiji Press)--A local train transported the Olympic flame for the Tokyo Games in Iwate Prefecture on Sunday, marking progress in the reconstruction of northeastern Japan from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
   The train traveled from Miyako to Kamaishi stations on Sanriku Railway Co.'s Rias Line along the tsunami-hit Pacific coast of Iwate to carry the fire, dubbed the "flame of reconstruction."
   At a departure ceremony in front of Miyako Station, participants took a moment of silence for those who perished in the disaster. Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso then lit a cauldron with the flame.
   "We want to send the flame off from Iwate, pouring into it our feeling of gratitude for the assistance and our pledge to achieve reconstruction," he said.
   The day's event took place amid growing calls from around the world for the postponement or cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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