Local media such as public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News reported that the Japanese government has decided not to send ministers to the Beijing Winter Olympics for reasons such as human rights issues in China.
According to reports, the Japanese government is planning to express this policy today (24th).
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said that after the US announced a ‘diplomatic boycott’ for the Beijing Olympics, “we will make our own judgment according to the national interest at an appropriate time” as to whether or not Japan will participate.
If the Japanese government announces today that it will not send a cabinet minister, it is effectively participating in the US-led diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.
Hard-line conservatives within the ruling LDP have demanded a diplomatic boycott of the Kishida cabinet on the grounds of human rights issues in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong.
Prime Minister Kishida met with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a leading hardline conservative, for about 25 minutes yesterday evening at Abe’s office in the House of Representatives Hall.
At this meeting, former Prime Minister Abe is said to have delivered his views on the response to the Beijing Olympics to Prime Minister Kishida.
It is known that at the joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the LDP held yesterday and the Foreign Affairs Investigation Committee, opinions demanding a diplomatic boycott that do not dispatch government officials have emerged one after another.
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