During the recent G7 summit, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga seemingly secured a high-profile endorsement of the Tokyo Olympics: that of U.S. President Joe Biden.
President Biden announced his support for a “safe” Tokyo Olympics, which was immediately touted by Suga and the Japanese press. It doesn’t take a background in political science to figure out that there is a lot of diplomacy at work here. Also, it’s important to look at the context and realize the hidden meaning of President Biden’s words.
President Biden emphasized a “safe” Olympics, but it’s increasingly clear that the Tokyo Olympics will be anything but. Too few precautions are in place, and the Tokyo population has barely begun to get vaccinated. How on earth could this spectacle be considered “safe”?
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was another G7 leader who lent his endorsement to the Games. However, with Brexit proving itself to be its own mess, Prime Minister Johnson needs all the diplomatic relations he can get, and Japan remains one of the world’s top economies.
So let’s not get fooled by all the political rhetoric and posturing. The Japanese government wants us to believe that the Games have the endorsement of the world’s top leaders, but if we look at it more closely, the truth will begin to reveal itself.