The Olympic flame will arrive in Japan on Friday but due to exceptional social distancing measures in place, it will embark on a lonely tour of the host country amid growing doubts over whether the Olympics will be held this summer at all.

A delegation led by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee Chairman Yoshiro Mori and the Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto were scheduled to travel to the flame-giving ceremony in Athens, but the plan was axed as result of the coronavirus pandemic.