Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated that Japan will do everything possible to contain the coronavirus and host a “safe and reassuring” Olympic Games this year.
Agence France-Presse reported that Yoshihide Suga held a joint press conference after meeting with US President Biden at the White House on Friday (April 16). He said that Japan “is listening to the opinions of the World Health Organization and experts and learning from them”, saying that Japan is making “the most perfect” preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
He also said: “I have expressed my determination to host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer, making this Olympics a symbol of global unity, and President Biden has once again demonstrated his support for this matter. “
The spread of the epidemic in Japan has severely disrupted the preparations for the Olympics, and at the same time has increased the uncertainty about whether the Olympics can be held this summer.
After the one-year postponement, the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and the Paralympics are scheduled to be held from August 24 to September 5.