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British Prime Minister Johnson supports the Tokyo Olympics, and Japan wants more support for the G7

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The logo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which has been postponed until 2021 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen by signs at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building in Tokyo, Japan on January 22, 2021 (Reuters/File Photo)

Carbis Bay, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday made the Tokyo Olympics a show of public support in a meeting with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and welcomed efforts to ensure the Games can be held safely.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed last year due to the global spread of the coronavirus, are scheduled to start on July 23.

In a meeting with Suga on the sidelines of the G7 summit in the British resort of Carbis Bay, Johnson agreed to work together on a range of issues from trade and technology to defense and climate.

A Downing Street spokesperson said after the meeting: “The Prime Minister expressed support for the Tokyo Olympics, and welcomed Japanese efforts to ensure the Games can be held safely.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives by boat to visit Scott and Wicca's workshop, ahead of the G7 summit, in Falmouth, Cornwall, Britain on June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/Poole

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives by boat to visit Scott and Wicca’s workshop, ahead of the G7 summit, in Falmouth, Cornwall, Britain, June 10, 2021 (REUTERS/Pool)

The Japanese government and Olympic organizers have said the Games will go ahead – with the exception of “Armageddon,” an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member said.

Tokyo 2020 organizing committee chief Seiko Hashimoto said on Friday that Tokyo 2020 would be “grateful” if the G7 nations could support the Summer Games as planned.

“Japan expects other G7 member states to share the Japan idea,” said Tomoyuki Yoshida, press secretary at the Japanese Foreign Ministry. “It is very encouraging for us that the G7 countries support Japan’s efforts on this occasion as well.”

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