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Japan to put off sending officials to Beijing Olympics, NHK says

/ 07:26 AM December 24, 2021
Beijing Olympics

Olympic rings are seen at the National Ski Jumping Centre during a government-organized media tour to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics venues in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China December 21, 2021. (Reuters)

TOKYO–Japan is likely to shelve plans to send officials to the Winter Games in Beijing next year and will make an announcement as early as Friday, public broadcaster NHK said.

The United States and other Western countries have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games over concerns about human rights in China but Japan has so far taken a softer tone.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said this month he does not plan to attend the Games, which are due to start in February.

The issue illustrates Tokyo’s delicate position as a close ally of the United States that is also heavily reliant on China for trade and as a manufacturing base.

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Kishida has faced rising pressure within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to take a tougher stance on China, NHK said.

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