All Saturday morning papers reported that Prime Minister Suga said at an Upper House Budget Committee meeting on Friday that he intends to invite President Biden to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer. Yomiuri wrote that Suga is expected to extend the invitation to the President in person during their summit planned for early April.
According to Saturday evening’s Asahi, White House Spokesperson Psaki said the President has not yet received an invitation to the Tokyo Olympics. “I don’t have any predictions on what the President’s travel will look like this summer,” she was quoted as saying. “We understand the careful considerations that the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee are weighing as they prepare for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.” The press secretary added that the GOJ has stressed that public health remains the central priority.
Meanwhile, Suga also referred to the possibility of holding talks with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, if she visits Japan for the Tokyo games by saying: “I believe it is my duty to do so if it would be conducive to resolving the abduction issue.”