Jill Biden and Macron go to Tokyo for the Olympics (and to do politics)

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As Tokyo Olympics will have an opening without a general audience and with fewer stars in this edition, but some political leaders are still making their way to the Japan.

The First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, wife of President Joe Biden, will be one of the most anticipated presences, as will the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The presence of the French leader is mainly due to the fact that Paris will host the 2024 Olympics. Macron’s trip to Tokyo, despite the uncertainties of this year’s edition, is seen by the International Olympic Committee as an important support for the Games.

Jill Biden, who is traveling without her husband, arrived in Japan this Thursday, for a hectic five-day schedule.

It is Jill Biden’s first international trip as first lady since the US president took office in January. Your ticket will include not only sport, with (virtual) conferences scheduled with American athletes, but an extensive diplomatic agenda.

This Thursday, Jill Biden meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga at the official residence. On Friday, the American First Lady will also be received at the imperial palace in Tokyo by Emperor Naruhito.

Like Macron, Jill Biden will also be among the VIP guests who will attend the opening ceremony on Friday. The American press had been questioning whether Biden would continue the trip despite concerns about the advance of the Delta variant.

“The president and the first lady felt it was important to give the delegation top leadership. So they are excited to continue the trip,” US Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday when asked about the issue. .