The first fortnight of a 121-day journey is now almost complete, but the Olympic Torch Relay has already been forced to sidestep another sexism controversy when it reached Handa in the prefecture of Aichi.
The sun shone on Thursday (March 25) as Iwashimizu Azusa carried the Olympic Flame with her 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup winning team-mates at J-Village Soccer Training Centre, for the "Grand Start" of the 121 day journey to Tokyo.
A year after it was originally scheduled to do so, the Olympic Flame has finally started its 121-day journey around Japan.
Less than 24 hours before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay is due to begin at the J-Village national football training centre in Fukushima, Japan’s 2011 FIFA World Cup-winning captain Homare Sawa has been forced to withdraw through illness.
The final stages of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay are set to recall memories of 1964 as details of the route in the last fortnight before the Opening Ceremony on July 23 have been revealed.
The Japanese Government is said to be considering excluding celebrity runners from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay when it begins its journey in Fukushima on March 25 next year.
The longest serving Priestess of the Olympic Flame Opening Ceremony has died in Athens at the age of 87.
The Olympic Torch Relay is not scheduled to begin its domestic passage from Fukushima until March 25 next year but the Olympic Flame is set to begin a separate journey across Japan in a safety lantern this weekend.
Tokyo 2020 has unveiled the Olympic Flame near the new National Stadium in the Japanese capital.
Tokyo’s Olympic Flame is set to go on display next week at the Olympic Museum. Organisers hope it will raise morale after the unprecedented postponement of the Games until 2021 in the same way that the Torch Relay 20 years ago transformed the attitude towards the Games in Sydney.
Tokyo 2020 is expected to place the Olympic Flame on public display near the new National Stadium from September 1.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Flame has been put on public display in Fukushima, where it will remain until the end of April before it is moved to the Japanese capital.
The Olympic Flame is to be put on display in the host city of Tokyo next month following the postponement of the Games because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Olympic Torch Relay throughout Japan has been cancelled after the Games were pushed back until 2021.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has said that a decision on whether to continue the Olympic Torch Relay will be made in the coming days.