US First Lady Jill Biden is in Japan on Thursday, where she is leading the US diplomatic delegation to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Games were delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and are still in its shadow. The virus causes the disease COVID-19.
Biden arrived at Yokota Air Base, where he met with the Japanese foreign minister, at Akasa Palace with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and wife Mariko Suga before a scheduled dinner in the evening.
On Friday, she is scheduled to meet with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace, but is expected to hold a virtual meeting with Team USA before that.
Biden plans to attend Friday’s opening ceremony as part of a two-person delegation. Officials say they will be joined by Raymond Green, who serves as the embassy’s in-charge d’affaires in the absence of an ambassador.
Tokyo’s coronavirus infections hit a six-month high on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported. The city is in its fourth state of emergency amid the pandemic. The current one ends on 22nd August. The Olympics ends on 8 August.
Visitors have been banned from all locations in the immediate Tokyo area, and only a few will be allowed to visit outdoor venues.
Some information in this report has come from AP and Reuters.