Japan reacts to U.S. advisory not to travel to Japan
Japanese government officials played down the impact of U.S. travel restrictions on Japan to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato Katsunobu told a press conference that the United States has explained that the move does not affect its national team traveling to Japan for the Summer Games.
The top government spokesman also said there is no change in Washington’s stance of supporting Tokyo’s decision to go ahead with the sporting event.
On May 24, the U.S. Department of State raised its travel advisory on Japan to the highest Level 4 due to risks of infection with the coronavirus, urging people not to travel to the country.
Japan’s Olympic minister Marukawa Tamayo said the measure does not ban essential travel and noted that it will not affect the Tokyo Games.