NHK reported this morning that Prime Minister Abe held a teleconference with President Trump for about 50 minutes this morning, during which he told the President that Japan is making efforts to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. President Trump reportedly responded by welcoming Japan’s “transparent efforts.” The network said the two leaders agreed to continue to cooperate on the matter, and also exchanged views on the current situation and future handling of the coronavirus pandemic. All commercial networks aired similar reports.
NHK also reported on a press briefing by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga this morning. When asked by reporters whether President Trump referred to his earlier remarks on postponing the Olympics for a year during the teleconference with Abe, Suga reportedly said: “Nothing like that came up while I was present.”