Japan will not send government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics

The Japanese authorities confirmed on Thursday that, amid the international boycott, they would not send government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics to denounce the violations of minority rights committed by the Chinese authorities.

She will be replaced by the President of the Tokyo Games, Seiko Hashimoto, and two other officials, such as the Japanese Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, who also announced the presence of the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Yasuhiro Yamashita. , and the President of the Japanese Paralympic Committee, Kazuyuki Mori.

“Tokyo has abandoned its plans to send high-level officials to the Beijing Games because the human rights situation in the Xinjiang and Hong Kong regions has barely improved,” government sources said, according to the Japan Times newspaper.

Japan will not send government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics
Japan will not send government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics

However, Japanese athletes will take part in the games in February as planned, the Japanese news agency Kiodo announced.

Japanese authorities announced in mid-October that they were considering joining the US-led international boycott of this Asian giant’s event, thereby joining countries like Australia, the UK and Canada.

A few days later, the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that “for the time being,” he said, “not one of his plans” to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“At the moment I do not intend to go there,” he told Parliament, where he defended that it was “important” to assess the situation “for oneself” and “to take into account all issues that come up in national interests.” .

Following the boycott announcement, Beijing warned that “they will pay the price for their wrong movements,” despite advising that high-ranking officials from countries like the United States were not invited to the sporting event.

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