Like – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that he hopes to invite US President Joe Biden to the Tokyo Olympics when he visits the United States next month.
Suga, who is due to go to the White House on April 9, said he is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and is ready to meet his powerful sister Kim Yoo Jong if he visits Japan during the Games. But Suga did not say if he would invite either of them.
Asked by a member of Parliament if he would invite Biden, Suga replied: “Of course, I hope we do.”
The Tokyo Games begin July 23. It was postponed a year ago due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Organizers said a few days ago that outside viewers would not be allowed to attend.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games will be attended by 15,400 athletes and tens of thousands of officials, judges, special guests, dignitaries and the media will attend.
Suga will be the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person since he took office in January.
The authorities said that the prime minister and his delegation, who ranged from 80 to 90 people, will receive two doses of the Coronavirus vaccine before the trip. Biden has already vaccinated all of the White House employees they will receive.
North Korea and its nuclear and missile programs will be high on the agenda of the talks when the two leaders meet in Washington next month.