Tokyo Olympics: After Jill Biden, Emmanuel Macron arrives in Japan for opening ceremony

WION Web Team
Tokyo, Japan Updated: Jul 23, 2021, 12:19 PM(IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach in Tokyo on July 23, 2021, ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Photograph:( AFP )

Story highlights

Guest list of the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 Olympic games has been very limited this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

French President Emmanuel Macron will also be present in the stands of Olympics Stadium to witness the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games 2020.

Macron arrived in Tokyo on Friday for his two-day trip to Japan. Along with the opening ceremony, he will also attend the judo and women’s 3x3 basketball competitions.

Also read | Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles becomes the first woman athlete to get a G.O.A.T emoticon

The French President will be joined by the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), Jill Biden, in the stands at the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the attendance in the stands is very limited and therefore the usual star-studded opening ceremony has been cut down to a limited guest list.

Other affairs

He will be having a reception with Emperor Naruhito a little before the opening ceremony, and will later meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Saturday. Suga and Macron will be, reportedly, discussing the situation in the Indo-Pacific region as the military and maritime pressure from China continues to grow in the area.


The French President may also raise the controversial topic of parental abduction in Japan. The Asian country does not allow joint custody for children after divorce or separation, which leads to parental abduction of children.

Macron will be discussing this topic in relation t the case of a French man, Vincent Fichot, who claims to not have met his three children for the past three years. He alleged that his ex-wife, a Japanese lady, took his children away from him. On July 10, Fichot started a hunger strike outside the Olympic Stadium to raise awareness for his problem.

Read in App