U.S. First Lady to travel to Japan for Olympics - White House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Tokyo for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games on July 23, the White House said on Tuesday, leading a delegation that will not include her husband, U.S. President Joe Biden.

Amid flare-ups of the coronavirus pandemic, officials have banned spectators from attending almost all Olympics events and Tokyo has declared a state of emergency lasting until Aug. 22, well after the games close on Aug. 8.

The Olympics, already delayed a year because of COVID-19, are due to run from July 23 to Aug. 8.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert in Washington and Daniel Leussink in Tokyo; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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