Japan PM has no plans to attend Beijing Olympics

Tokyo, Dec 16 (EFE).- Japan’s prime minister said Thursday that he has no plans to attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Fumio Kishida was responding to a question about his participation in the February Games by a member of the opposition during a regular session of the budget committee in the Japanese parliament.

Last week, he said Japan will decide whether to send diplomats to the Olympics by taking into account its “national interests.”

“We would like to make our own decision from the standpoint of our national interests,” Kishida told reporters.

His comments came after the United States said that it will not send any diplomatic representatives to the Olympics due to “the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses” in China.

Other countries, including Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, have also joined the US-led diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over Feb. 4-20. EFE


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