US first lady Jill Biden was in Japan Thursday, where she led the American diplomatic delegation to the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympics were postponed a year due to the pandemic and still remain in the shadow of the coronavirus. The virus causes the disease COVID-19.
Biden arrived at Yokota Air Base, where he met with Japan’s foreign minister, ahead of a scheduled dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga at Akasaka Palace.
On Friday (23/7), he is scheduled to meet with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace, but before that, is expected to have a virtual meeting with Team America.
Biden plans to attend the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday as part of a two-man delegation. Officials said he would be accompanied by Raymond Greene, who serves as the US embassy’s attorney in Japan which does not yet have an ambassador.
Coronavirus infections in Tokyo Wednesday hit their highest level in six months, the Associated Press reported. The city is in its fourth state of emergency amid the pandemic. This state of emergency will end on August 22, while the Olympics will end on August 8.
Spectators are prohibited from watching live from all venues in the Tokyo area and only a few are allowed to watch in remote locations. [my/jm]