Japanese Prime Ministersaid Friday he is committed to holding the Summer Olympics Games this summer “as a symbol of global unity this summer.”
“Presidentonce again expressed his support,” Mr. said during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
is under pressure to hold a safe Summer Games from July 23 to Aug. 8 after it had to postpone the event by a year. Some health experts say the Asian nation has failed to corral the virus and suffers from a low vaccination rate after starting later than most developed nations.
Mr.has said will do “everything possible” to prevent transmission at the games and has rejected calls to cancel the games. Fans from other countries are banned, and it is unclear if any fans will be allowed, period.
A major Japanese political leader, Toshihiro Nikai, raised the possibility of a cancelation only to walk it back.
Also Friday, Mr.said both leaders are committed to reforming the World Health Organization, providing equitable access to vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region and partnering on health security to prepare for another pandemic.
“Because there will be others,” Mr.said.
Mr.is the first foreign leader to visit Mr. in person at the White House instead of virtually.
said. “We’re still taking COVID precautions, being careful.”