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Shimane Governor Hints at Leaving Olympic Torch Relay

Shimane Governor Hints at Leaving Olympic Torch Relay

   Matsue, Shimane Pref., Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--Shimane Governor Tatsuya Maruyama said Wednesday he is considering canceling the Olympic torch relay in the western Japan prefecture, slated for May, citing poor handling of the coronavirus crisis in the country.
   "Steps necessary to hold the torch relay haven't been taken, given the severe situation that Shimane is facing," Maruyama said, criticizing the work of the Tokyo metropolitan government and the central government.
   The torch relay will start on March 25, with all of Japan's 47 prefectures falling within the route. Some 170 torchbearers are slated to carry the flame within Shimane on May 15-16.
   Maruyama said that whether to conduct the relay in Shimane will be decided after monitoring how the situation unfolds.
   The governor made the remarks in a meeting of a prefectural committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which were postponed by a year to this summer due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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