After landing at Yokota Air Force Base, the first lady holds an evening program with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Soge and his wife.
United States First Lady Jill Biden flew to Tokyo on Wednesday to head the US delegation to the Olympics. The Associated Press reported it. Her husband, US President Joe Biden, will not attend the opening ceremony.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden and the first lady believed it was important that the US delegation be “at the highest level.”
The First Lady of the United States will arrive in Japan on Thursday afternoon local time and will be in the Land of the Rising Sun for about 48 hours.
After landing at Yokota Air Force Base, he set up a dinner program with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Soge and his wife. On Friday, she will meet Japanese Emperor Narohit and in the evening she will participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
The White House added that Jill Biden has been vaccinated and that the entire US delegation will follow “very strict” hygiene procedures during their visit to Japan.
Tokyo, on Wednesday, announced the highest increase in new infections with the “SARS-CoV-2” virus in six months. Two days before the start of the Olympics, the authorities recorded 1,832 new cases of infection. The state of emergency applies in the host city.
The Associated Press reports that the Japanese government has been criticized for favoring the Olympics over public health. Japan’s Imperial Palace said last month that Emperor Naruhito himself was “extremely concerned” that the 2020 Olympics could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.
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