Japan PM determined to hold 'safe and secure' Olympic Games | Inquirer News

Japan PM determined to hold ‘safe and secure’ Olympic Games

/ 06:24 AM April 17, 2021
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a joint press conference with the US president in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 16, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a joint press conference with the US president in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 16, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

WASHINGTON — Japan’s prime minister told US President Joe Biden Friday that the Asian nation would do everything in its power to contain COVID-19 infections and hold a “safe and secure” Olympic Games this year.

“Japan is listening to and learning from WHO (World Health Organization) and experts” and the country is doing its “utmost” to prepare for the Tokyo Games, Yoshihide Suga said at a joint press conference with Biden at the White House.

ADVERTISEMENT

“They are doing everything possible to contain infection and to realize safe and secure games from scientific and objective perspectives,” Suga said.

“I expressed my determination to realize the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as a symbol of global unity this summer, and President Biden once again expressed his support,” the prime minister added.

FEATURED STORIES

After being postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Games are due to open in July.

But uncertainty about their viability has grown amid rising virus cases, and Suga’s pledge of safety comes as the coronavirus crisis has complicated preparations.

Organizers said Friday that they scrapped another leg of Japan’s Olympic torch relay — the third leg to be affected by a surge in infections — and that a BMX Freestyle test event scheduled for April 24 and 25 would now be postponed.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: coronavirus pandemic, Japan, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Olympics, United States
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.