- Tiffany Rigby
First Lady arrives in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics
First lady Jill Biden arrived in Tokyo on Thursday for the summer Olympics. But first she met
with the Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife, Mariko Suga. They had a nice dinner at
the Akasaka Palace, also known as the State Guest House.
Biden had a busy two days so far. On Friday, she joined the first lady of Japan at
Akasaka Palace and then met with Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace. Biden also took part in a virtual meet up with Team USA.
"Your entire nation is cheering you on and we are grateful for what you’ve given us: the chance
to come together in common awe and appreciation for your accomplishments and the shared
joy of rooting for our country on the edge of our seats," she told the athletes in a pep talk later
published as an open letter on NBC, which is broadcasting the games.
The first lady's day concluded at the summer 2020 Olympics where she made an appearance at
the opening ceremony as a representative of the United States. Biden wore a mask and donned
a black and white polka dot dress with pearls.
"Becoming an Olympian is a rare accomplishment in a normal time. But you did it during a
global pandemic," she told the athletes, adding that they are more than their cities, states,
backgrounds, jobs or political parties. Dr.Biden will dedicate a room in the Chief of Mission Residence to honor Irene Hirano Inouye and Daniel K. Inouy