The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are close to choosing J-Village, a soccer training facility near the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor, as the starting point of the Olympic torch relay.
The relay is planned to start somewhere in Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011. The area's recovery is an underlying theme of the games.
The Olympic organizing committee has been discussing various proposals for the relay's starting point, including J-Village.
J-Village served as a base for decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the disaster.
It returned to its original function in July last year, almost seven and half years after the disaster.
The national women's soccer team has held its training camp there.
The final decision on the relay's starting point will be announced as early as later in March.
The relay is expected to start on March 26, 2020 and pass through all 47 prefectures over 121 days.