CARBIS BAY, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support on Friday in a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games run safely.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed last year due to the global spread of the coronavirus, are scheduled to begin on July 23.
In a meeting with Suga on the guidelines for the Group of Seven summit in the British seaside town of Carbis Bay, Johnson agreed to work together on a variety of issues, from trade and technology to defense and climate.
“The prime minister expressed his support for the Tokyo Olympics and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the Games run safely,” a Downing Street spokesman said after the meeting.
The Japanese government and Olympic organizers have said the Games will go ahead, barring “Armageddon,” as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) put it.
Tokyo 2020 would be “grateful” if the G7 countries could support the development of the Summer Games as planned, Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chair Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday.
“It is Japan’s expectation that the other members of the G7 countries share the idea of Japan,” said Tomoyuki Yoshida, press secretary of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is very encouraging for us that the G7 countries are supporting Japan’s efforts on this occasion as well.”
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