Leaders from about 15 countries are expected to attend the opening ceremony of the COVID Tokyo Olympics.
Reports in Japan suggest that those present in person at the ceremony could reach 1,000 due to the pandemic.
The decision to limit attendance at the opening ceremony of the National Stadium here was made in light of organizers’ efforts to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic, Japanese Cabinet Secretary-General Katsunobu Kato was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. .
He said about 70 cabinet-level officials would also be visiting Japan, adding that there was still uncertainty about the number of VIPs attending the opening ceremony.
World leaders who have already promised to attend the opening ceremony include French President Emmanuel Macron, Mongolian Prime Minister Louvansamamrai Oyun-Erdene and US First Lady Jill Biden.
But growing coronavirus cases in Japan have forced many leaders to cancel visits to the sports show.
Cabinet Secretary-General Kato said the Games would give Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga “a valuable opportunity to build personal relationships” with world leaders, which has been hampered for the past year and a half by the pandemic.
The delayed Olympics in Tokyo will be held in a state of emergency without spectators due to the global pandemic.