By Jack Tarrant
HAMURA CITY, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese actress Satomi Ishihara performed the first ‘torch kiss’ handover of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics torch relay on Saturday during a rehearsal on the outskirts of the capital.
Ishihara’s handover in Hamura City formed part of a dress rehearsal for Tokyo 2020 organizers, who mimicked three legs of the relay that will last for 121 days in the build up to the Olympics that begin on July 24.
The rehearsal comes amid worries the coronavirus outbreak could throw cold water on the Games. Japan, among the worst affected outside China where the virus is believed to have originated, reported its first death from the virus on Friday.
However, organizers have said cancellation or postponement were not being considered and that the Summer Olympics would go ahead as planned.
At the dress rehearsal, hundreds of people lined the streets of Hamura to watch the event, which was complete with…