Washington trusts Japan's pledge for safe Olympics

A US presidential spokesperson has reiterated Washington's understanding of the Japanese government's position prioritizing public health in hosting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke at a White House news conference on Wednesday.

She said the US administration has not changed its position on the Olympics, and added that "the Government of Japan has stressed that the public health remains the central priority as they plan to host the Games."

Jean-Pierre was responding to a reporter citing opinion polls that show a large majority of the Japanese public is against holding the Games this summer. The reporter also referred to an editorial of a major Japanese newspaper, which is a sponsor of the Games, calling for the cancellation of the Olympics.

The spokesperson said, "Tokyo has assured us that they will keep in close contact with Washington", and that the US government "really truly" trusts "what the Government of Japan has stated to us."