First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to visit Japan for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in place of President Joe Biden, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun, according to Breitbart News.
“Attending the opening ceremony, set for July 23, and holding a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are among the possible events the two governments are looking into for her, the newspaper said, without specifying sources,” Japan Today said.
In 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry represented the U.S. in Brazil. In 2012, then-First Lady Michelle Obama represented the nation in London.
“With Japan discouraging countries sending large Government delegations to Tokyo 2020 to try to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19, it is unclear how many world leaders will be represented at the Opening Ceremony,” according to Inside the Games.
“Japan is the United States’ major ally in Asia, and President Biden has expressed his support for Suga’s resolve to hold the Games amid the coronavirus pandemic,” according to Reuters.
The report added, “France, which will host the next summer Olympics in 2024 in Paris, announced last month President Emmanuel Macron planned to attend the opening ceremony.”
The Games will be played despite a one-year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are set for 2022 in Beijing, China.
Despite the delay and significant safety protocols, many will be excited to see the return of the Olympics. First Lady Biden will provide an opportunity for the U.S. to represent the nation in Japan, continuing relations with the Asian ally.