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Japan joins Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, will not send govt delegation

Several notable countries have decided to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics on grounds of human rights violations against Uighur Muslims

TOKYO – Japan will not send a government delegation to next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, it said Friday, a move to suspend US-led boycott of the Games, but it could still deepen tensions with China.

The boycott, promoted by Washington and its allies, like UK, Australia, has become another sensitive issue in Japan, with its close ally the United States with strong economic ties with China.

Tokyo will not send a government delegation to the Games starting in February, Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference.

Also Read: China slams US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olymp

Instead, it will send other officials with direct links to the Games, including politician Seiko Hashimoto, head of the Tokyo 2020 planning committee, and heads of local Olympic and Paralympic committees.

The political unrest in the United States and other countries is due to concerns over human rights in China, but Japan has taken the issue very seriously.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is facing growing pressure from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to take strong action against China, NHK public broadcaster said.

While Russian President Putin has decided to attend Beijing Winter Olympics as a chief Guest, showing a support to Chinese led group.

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