Japan to limit size of delegations
Japan is considering limiting the number of people who will be allowed to accompany foreign ministers and leaders for the delayed Tokyo Olympics due to health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Kyodo News agency reported on Sunday.
Kyodo said the Japanese government will restrict accompanying staff to 11 people per head of state, while cabinet-level delegations will be limited to five people, the report said.
The Tokyo Games, postponed last year due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, were rescheduled for July 23 to Aug 8 this year.
Kyodo said VIP guests will be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing within 72 hours of traveling to Japan and will be re-tested on arrival.
Earlier, Kyodo News agency reported that Japan has decided to stage this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators, citing officials with knowledge of the matter.