Photo: a pedestrian passes outside the Japanese Olympic Museum in Tokyo on May 28. /Agence France Presse
[Ta Kung Pao] according to the Wall Street Journal and Kyodo news agency, Takahashi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on the 27th that he did not think that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president Bach were the people who could decide whether the Tokyo Olympic Games could be held; Whether the East Olympic Games will be held or not depends on the United States;.
Takahashi said that US President Biden is busy dealing with the domestic epidemic, but if he can make a positive statement on hosting the East Olympic Games, it will have a positive impact. Takahashi also said that the most important task is to involve the United States and NBC, which is responsible for broadcasting the Olympics. &It’s up to the United States. I don’t want to say that, but Bach and the IOC are not the people who can decide the Olympic Games. They don’t have the leadership level. ”
In response to this statement, the International Olympic Committee issued a statement expressing “regret”, saying that Takahashi did not understand the “truth”;.
Biden has not talked publicly about the Tokyo Olympics since he became president of the United States. Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei held a telephone conversation with Biden in the early morning of 28, and the two did not discuss Olympic related topics. The two sides confirmed that they will strengthen the US Japan alliance and carry out close cooperation for the realization of a free and open Indo Pacific region. Biden reiterated that the US Japan security treaty is applicable to the Diaoyu Islands and that it is necessary to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said on the 28th that the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are China’s inherent territory. The US Japan security treaty is a product of the cold war and should not harm the interests of third parties, let alone regional peace and stability.