TOKYO (Reuters) – A 1000 kilometer, two-week relay which started in Northern Japan to raise awareness for the 2011 earthquake and tsunami ended in Tokyo on Wednesday in swelteringly conditions.
One year out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan has been struggling with rising temperatures and much of the relay has taken place in extreme heat.
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Temperatures have been stuck above 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) in and around Tokyo, with at least 57 people dying as a result of the heat since late July.
But that did not stop over 1,700 people from participating in the sixth edition of the event which began on July 24.
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People carrying a commemorative sash could either run or cycle as the relay made its way from Aomori to Tokyo’s Komazawa Olympic Park, which hosted soccer and wrestling at the 1964 Games.
Those participating wanted to send a message of support to those still...
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