Japan marks three-year countdown to Tokyo 2020 Games

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TOKYO (AP) - Japan has begun its three-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics today with concerts, races and other events meant to drum up public enthusiasm for the games.

The 2020 Games will be Japan's first summer Olympics since the 1964 edition in Tokyo. After a rocky start, organizers are gearing up to get the public more involved.

A 15-day, 1,000-kilometer (about 620 mile) citizens relay began today in northeastern Japan. Runners and cyclists will travel through areas ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, reaching the capital on Aug. 7.