First Lady Jill Biden will lead the U.S. delegation at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo on Friday and on Saturday dedicate a room in the Chief of Mission Residence to the late Irene Hirano Inouye and Sen. Daniel K. Inouye before traveling to Honolulu Saturday and Sunday to visit a vaccination clinic at an unidentified high school, the White House said today.
“The president and first lady want to show the highest level of support for our Olympic athletes and the Games, while following strict protocols and precautions set by the White House COVID team, the government of Japan, and the Olympics to keep the public, athletes and the delegation safe,” the White House said in a release. “As part of her travels, she will also visit Alaska and Hawaii where she will continue the administration’s ongoing efforts to encourage all Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as honor the work and service of military families.”
Biden was expected to stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska today where she will greet military and veteran families who are staying at Alaska Fisher House. She will then visit the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and encourage all Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the White House.
On Thursday, the first lady will land in Tokyo at Yokota Air Force Base where she will be greeted by the foreign minister and U.S. and Japanese base officials and later have dinner with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Mrs. Mariko Suga at Akasaka Palace.
The following day, Mariko Suga will host Biden for a bilateral engagement at Akasaka Palace, the White House said. Biden will later hold a virtual get-together with members of Team USA before greeting Emperor Naruhito of Japan at the Imperial Palace. In the evening, she will attend the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium as head of the U.S. delegation.
On Saturday, Biden will dedicate a room in the Chief of Mission Residence to the Inouyes. Daniel Inouye, a U.S. senator, was one of the most influential politicians in Hawaii history. Biden will then host a U.S. vs. Mexico softball watch party with foreign service officers and their families at the U.S. Embassy.
“After, the first lady will cheer on Team USA at various Olympic events before departing Tokyo,” according to the White House release.
After Tokyo, the first lady will travel to Honolulu Saturday and Sunday before departing for Washington, D.C.