The $ 1.5 billion stadium built for the 2020 Olympics can accommodate nearly 70,000 people, but athletes from around the world will parade for the opening ceremony in a nearly empty venue.
Only around 950 VIPs will attend the event, Tokyo 2020 spokesperson Hidemasa Nakamura told CNN. The total will include around 800 foreign guests and 150 Japanese guests, CNN affiliate TV Asahi reported.
Indeed, Covid-19 cases continue to increase in Japan, resulting in a ban on spectators from all events at Tokyo venues.
Meanwhile, authorities have identified 110 cases of the coronavirus linked to the Olympics, event organizers said on Friday.
Given the circumstances, Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who will declare the Olympics open, will attend without any other members of the Imperial Family, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
Japanese automaker Toyota has confirmed that its CEO Akio Toyoda will not attend the ceremony.
French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host the next Summer Games in 2024, has arrived in Tokyo for the opening ceremony.
First Lady Jill Biden will also be present at the event. She is to meet Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace before the opening ceremony.
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