Japanese media: Kan Yiwei’s Olympic diplomacy “failed”

Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reported on the 25th that the talks between Japanese Prime Minister Kan Yiwei and dignitaries visiting Japan during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games ended on the 24th. It is reported that only 12 heads of state and representatives of international institutions participated in the “Olympic diplomacy”.

Screenshot of Kyodo News Agency report

Kyodo News Agency commented that Kan Yiwei had tried to carry out a diplomatic strategy on the stage of the Tokyo Olympic Games to enhance the government’s prestige, but finally “the expectation failed”.

The report quoted a relevant person from the Japanese Foreign Ministry as saying that “about 30 people” were expected to visit Japan at the beginning of this month, but the number of visitors to Japan further decreased due to the spread of mutant strains in various countries and the difficulty of the Tokyo Olympic Games in coping with the current severe epidemic situation.

It is reported that among the leaders of the group of seven (G7), only French President macron visited Japan this time, and the American attendants were president’s wife Jill Biden. The Japanese government had expected Harris, the first Asian American female vice president, to visit Japan, but it failed.

Kan Yiwei (right) meets with French President macron (left) who visited Japan during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun previously quoted the Japanese Foreign Ministry as saying that about 80 foreign dignitaries attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. When the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games was held in Brazil, Brazil was disturbed by infectious diseases and political instability, but about 40 foreign dignitaries still attended the opening ceremony. Therefore, Kyodo news agency said that the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games was the least attended by heads of state in recent years.