The US first lady, Jill Biden has landed in Tokyo, Japan ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony for the 2021 summer Olympic games. This marks her first solo trip abroad as a first lady.
The US First lady touched down at Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon, July 22. She said she was excited to get to Japan. ‘Yes aren’t you? I’ll see you there,’ the first lady told reporters as she departed the Alaska stop.
Reports have it that she and U.S. Embassy Tokyo official Raymond Greene, are the only two members of the official presidential delegation that went for the games.
To diminish any COVID risk, Jill Biden will then meet virtually with members of Team USA. On Monday, two Team USA athletes, alternate gymnast Kara Eaker and basketball player Katie Lou Samuelson, had already tested positive for COVID-19.
Biden will then meet Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.
In the evening, the first lady will attend the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony.
On Saturday, Biden will spend time at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. She also plans to dedicate a room at the Chief of Mission Residence to Irene Hirano Inouye and Sen. Daniel Inouye.
After the dedication, the first lady will watch the U.S. versus Mexico softball game with foreign service members and their families.
Biden will then head to Olympics venues to watch several events before leaving Japan.