FILE PHOTO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to the journalists in front of the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo, Japan March 24, 2020 after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Olympic Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained the Tokyo 2020 Olympics delay to U.S. President Donald Trump and proposed to maintain close cooperation in a phone call between the leaders, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

Trump responded by saying the postponement was a very hard, but wonderful decision, Suga said.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

   

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