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GOJ responds calmly to President Biden’s view on Tokyo Olympics 

Asahi reported on the GOJ’s “calm reaction” to President Biden’s remark over the weekend that any decision about holding the Tokyo Olympics must be “based on science.” Some people have interpreted this as hesitancy on the part of the U.S. leader about convening the Games amid the pandemic. “Our top priority will be holding safe and secure Olympics,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato said to the press in reference to the President’s statement. “We will implement the necessary infection prevention measures without fail.” As for President Biden’s comment that he discussed the Olympics with Prime Minister Suga, the government spokesperson emphasized that the two leaders did not exchange views on the subject in their two teleconferences held up until now. According to the paper, an unnamed senior GOJ official said: “It is a matter of course for Japan to hold the Olympics based on science. We would like to host the Games in a manner that everyone welcomes.”  

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