First Lady, not President Biden, is likely to visit Japan for the Games – paper


U.S. First Lady Jill Biden makes remarks during a vaccination event hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Florida, the United States, June 24, 2021. TJ Kirkpatrick / Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO, June 27 (Reuters) – Japan and the United States are making arrangements for First Lady Jill Biden to visit Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, but President Biden is unlikely to be with her, Yomiuri Shimbun said Sunday.

Attending the July 23 opening ceremony and meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are among the possible events the two governments are considering for them, the newspaper said with no sources given.

Japan is the United States’ foremost ally in Asia, and President Biden has expressed support for Suga’s determination to hold the Games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

France, which will host the next Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024, announced last month that President Emmanuel Macron would attend the opening ceremony.

In Japan, there are ongoing concerns among the general public and medical experts that the world’s largest sporting event, postponed for a year due to COVID-19 outbreaks, could trigger a new wave of infections.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka. Editing by Gerry Doyle

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