ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
WEF in Singapore

Suga stresses determination to host Tokyo Olympics in Davos session

Japanese PM reiterates commitments to free trade and open Indo-Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga addresses the Davos Agenda meetings on Jan. 29.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday reiterated his commitment to hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer, pushing back against public skepticism as COVID-19 continues to spread domestically and worldwide.

"We are determined to realize a safe and secure games as proof that humanity has defeated the new coronavirus," Suga said during an appearance at the online Davos Agenda meetings, held by the World Economic Forum through Friday.

Suga stressed that he had agreed with International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach last year that they would "definitely hold the games and cooperate closely together," adding that infection prevention measures would be crucial.

The prime minister did not give details on how Japan would organize the event safely, explaining that officials were still examining what form the games would take.

The head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, told reporters on Thursday that holding the games without spectators was an option that needed to be considered.

Suga also touched on Japan's steadfast commitment to free trade. "Amid the protectionist moves due to COVID-19, Japan will exercise leadership in efforts on expanding free and fair economic areas and strengthening a rules-based, multilateral, free trading system," he said.

Japan, which is heading the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership as chair this year, is to lead discussions on market access as well as rule-making, he noted.

He also expressed optimism for working with new U.S. President Joe Biden.

"We aim for united global communities, and that will only be enhanced with the Biden administration," Suga said, pledging to seek a "free and open Indo-Pacific." This concept is Japan's way of promoting an international order based on the rule of law, as tensions with China in the East and South China seas are mounting.

With neighboring countries like China and Russia, Suga said, "Japan will build stable relationships."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 1 month for $0.99

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends October 31st

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to Nikkei Asia has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more