US President Biden will be absent from Tokyo Olympics

[Global Net report, trainee reporter Lin Zeyu] With only 31 days left before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, whether politicians from various countries will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics has become the focus of attention in Japan. Japan’s “Yomiuri Shimbun” stated on the 22nd that US President Biden will be absent from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in Japan, and the US government plans to arrange for First Lady Jill to replace Biden.

US President Biden will be absent from Tokyo Olympics
“Yomiuri Shimbun”: Biden gave up participating in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, there are plans to attend the first lady Jill

“Yomiuri Shimbun” reported that in previous years of the Olympic Games, a number of US presidents attended the opening ceremony. At the same time, Biden also expressed the United States’ support for Japan to host the Tokyo Olympics when meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during the G7 summit. However, the report mentioned that the current policy of the US government indicates that Biden will give up attending the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

The report also said that the United States had a precedent for sending a vice president to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in the past. The Japanese government is expecting the first incumbent American vice president Harris with Asian descent to replace Biden at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. The report also quoted a person with diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States as saying that if Harris can go to Japan during the Olympics, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics “will be the stage for Harris’s first Asian show.”

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However, the report mentioned that due to the recent US Republican Party’s strong criticism of Harris’s ineffectiveness in his trip to Latin America and its ineffective handling of immigration issues, there are opinions within the US government that it is difficult for Harris to travel to Asia. Under this circumstance, the US government plans to arrange for the first lady Jill, who has just completed her “first show” on the political stage at the recent G7 summit, to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

As soon as the news came out, it immediately triggered heated discussions among Japanese netizens.

Some netizens believe that the epidemic situation is very serious, and it is better not to come.

“Because it is very dangerous, it is better not to come. Because this country (Japan) has almost no epidemic prevention measures.”

A Japanese netizen said: “Tokyo Olympics comedy. The’life-saving rope’ promoted by the cabinet of Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Biden will not come (laughs).

Some netizens said: “If the president is not attending, will the first lady attend alone… the Tokyo Olympics have also been abandoned by the United States?”

At present, the emergency declarations applicable to nine prefectures other than Okinawa have been lifted, and most areas such as Tokyo and Osaka have transitioned to a state where “key measures such as spread prevention,” which are one level lower than the state of emergency, apply. The expected deadline is about one month from June 21 to July 23 before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese government decided on the 17th that after key measures such as preventing the spread of the epidemic are lifted, the number of spectators at large-scale events such as sports games can reach 50% of the venue’s capacity, and the upper limit is 10,000. The Japanese government 21 Japan decided that this policy also applies to the Tokyo Olympics. “Nihon Keizai Shimbun” reported on the 21st that the maximum number of visitors to the Tokyo Olympics can reach 200,000 per day. If the Japanese government cannot strictly implement the flow of spectators, it may lead to a rebound of the epidemic.

By Ethan