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Japan: Centenarian torch runner keeps morale high after Olympics postponement

C/U Torch runner Shitsui Hakoishi walking with makeshift torch in hand, Nakagawa
C/U Shitsui walking
C/U Shitsui walking with makeshift torch in hand
W/S Shitsui getting back home
SOT, Shitsui Hakoishi, Tokyo Olympics 2020 centenarian torch runner (Japanese): "If I can join it again next year, I will train more and more so I can do it. I take care of food/nutrition, do gymnastics, and practice. I still do (practicing) it now. I did it yesterday and today. So I'm going to strengthen myself physically and I hope to join the next time."
M/S Mayor of Nakagawa visiting Shitsui
SOT, Yasuo Fukushima, Mayor of Nakagawa Town (Japanese): "We are really sad that the Olympics have been postponed for one year. Ms Hakoishi here was also planning to join to the torch relay, but she could not for this time now. She's 103 years old, so if we wait a year, she'll be 104 years old. I'm very worried about her, but I hope she will make it again."
M/S Mayor of Nakagawa and Shitsui having conversation
SOT, Yasuo Fukushima, Mayor of Nakagawa Town (Japanese): "Ms Hakoishi is 103 years old, so I think it's really long and hard for her to wait for one year, but she said that it was really painful in the past war (WW2), so considering that, it's still tolerable, [according to her]. So I believe that she is fine and she can live (for more years)."
M/S Town officials leaving
SOT, Shitsui Hakoishi, Tokyo Olympics 2020 centenarian torch runner, (Japanese): "I was disappointed when I saw Prime Minister Abe's speech on TV and in the newspaper. Still, I'm fine today. I would like to practice hard again if I can join for the next time."
M/S Shitsui putting on running shoes
C/U Shitsui putting on running shoes
C/U Shitsui putting on running shoes
SOT, Shitsui Hakoishi, Tokyo Olympics 2020 centenarian torch runner, (Japanese): "The disease of coronavirus is scary and frightening if you really get it. Therefore, I do my best by disinfecting as much as possible, keeping by myself, no outings, and avoiding crowds. So I'll do my best to participate for the next relay."
M/S Shitsui counting exercises
M/S Shitsui tying shoelaces
M/S Shitsui holding up makeshift torch before walking
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Despite the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games being suspended amid the coronavirus outbreak, 103-year-old runner Shitsui Hakoishi is keeping faith in holding the torch next year.
Footage from the city of Nakagawa on Thursday, shows the WWII survivor having a visit from the mayor of the city before preparing for her exercises and running with a makeshift torch.
"If I can join it again next year, I will train more and more so I can do it, said Shitsui. "I take care of food/nutrition, do gymnastics, and practice," she added, after she admitted she was "disappointed" about the postponement of the Olympics.
"I'm very worried about her, but I hope she will make it again," said the Mayor of Nakagawa, Yasuo Fukushima. "I think it's really long and hard for her to wait for one year, but she said that it was really painful in the past war (WW2)," he added.
Shitsui said the coronavirus was "scary" and that she was taking precautions, including avoiding large crowds and adopting a hygiene routine.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed on Tuesday, that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the latest figures compiled from global reports by Johns Hopkins University, at least 495,000 people have been infected by COVID-19 worldwide and over 22,200 people have died. There are currently 1,339 cases confirmed in Japan with at least 47 deaths.