The Olympic torch relay which is just around a month and a half to go in Fukushima-Japan has been hit by a substantial seismic tremor.
The 7.1 size tremor which hit the locale on Saturday 13 February was for some, an excruciating token of the 9.0 size quake that struck a similar zone right around 10 years back, causing a tidal wave and the ensuing atomic emergency.
The quake is just the latest to suspend the Tokyo 2021 Olympic games. After a proposed $2 billion national stadium by Japan, and other expenditure, the event has been assailed by disappointments once again.
Many Japanese are of the view that, the monies spent on infrastructure etc. for the event could have been spent improving the lives of those actually bearing the expenses of the atomic fiasco – particularly as travel restrictions have been forced by coronavirus.
Japan was in the process of branding Japan for the event, but had to confront this tragic incident. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had charged Tokyo 2021 as a chance to flaunt Japan’s powerful recuperation from the 2011 quake and torrent, and long stretches of a deteriorating economic performance. Beginning the torch relay in Fukushima prefecture on March 25 was up front to that recuperation story.
The 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay was scheduled to run from 12 March 2020 and will end on 23 July 2021.
In the mean time, a huge number of people remain dislodged from the debacle – incapable to return home in light of radiation levels. Inhabitants in Fukushima are disappointed that the government has spent billions of dollars on the Olympics, instead of assisting people with reconstructing their lives.
Miyazaki’s grassroots gathering is one of various anti- Olympics collectives that have jumped up contrary to the country facilitating the Games. Also, a few ecological groups have communicated worry at holding the Olympic torch relay in Fukushima.
Local authorities have considered the course protected by directing ecological radiation checking tests along the course, with a new review in December inferring that there was no motivation to change plans for the Japanese leg of the light transfer.
The Japanese government has spent more than $353 billion on rebuildings across across all affected areas in the years since the catastrophe, of which 6.6 trillion $63 billion focused on nuclear disaster recovery.
While a recent poll from Japanese broadcaster NHK found a majority of the country believes the Games should be canceled or postponed, others are hopeful the Olympics will offer an economic boost and momentary respite after a tumultuous few years.