Japan won't send diplomatic delegation to Beijing Olympics

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  • Hirokazu Matsuno
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Japan has decided not to send a government delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: A number of countries, including the U.S., have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Games to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

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  • But although Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno noted during the Friday briefing that Japan "believes that respect for human rights is important," he did not explicitly define the move as a diplomatic boycott, per CNN.

Driving the news: Japan will still send a contingent of officials with direct ties to the Games, such as Tokyo Olympics Chief Seiko Hashimoto, Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita and Japan's Paralympic Chief Kazuyuki Mori, CNN reported.

  • Japan has typically been less vocal about human rights issues in China due in part to strong economic ties between the two nations, per Reuters.

Go deeper: Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

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