— Published 22 July 2021

A diplomatic marathon for Yoshihide Suga


The diplomatic marathon has started for Yoshihide Suga. On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, the Japanese Prime Minister began a series of very official meetings with only a few dignitaries, who came to Japan for the Olympic event, this Thursday, July 22nd. The series began with the Vice President of South Sudan, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene. Meetings will continue with Jill Biden, the wife of the President of the United States, for an official dinner on Thursday, where the wife of the Japanese Prime Minister, Mariko, will also be invited. The American First Lady is also scheduled to meet with Emperor Naruhito on Friday at the Imperial Palace, before attending the opening ceremony. Yoshihide Suga will end his marathon on Saturday, July 24th, with a meeting with the French president Emmanuel Macron. The Japanese Prime Minister is receiving his guests at Akasaka Palace, originally built as the residence of the Crown Prince in 1909.