After UK PM Boris Johnson, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga too has postponed his visit to India because of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation. Suga was keen to visit India early May for what would have been his first summit meeting with his counterpart Narendra Modi.
However, Japan too has seen a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases. The Japan government is said to be considering a state of emergency in Tokyo and some other areas because of a fresh surge in infections. This is for the third time in as many years that the annual summit meeting couldn’t take place. The pandemic prevented the summit last year and in 2019 then PM Shinzo Abe had to call off his visit because of violence in Guwahati, the venue for the summit.