PM Kishida Says Not Planning to Attend Beijing Games

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that he currently has no plans to attend the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

"At the moment, I'm not planning to attend (the Beijing Games) myself," Kishida told a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament.

On whether to send a government representative to the upcoming Winter Games and who will possibly be sent, Kishida reiterated, "I will make a decision myself at an appropriate time in light of national interests and by taking various factors into account."

He made the remarks after countries including the United States have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Games in protest against China's alleged human rights abuses. The Beijing Olympics and Paralympics are slated to start in early February and early March, respectively.

Media reports have said recently that the Japanese government does not plan to send a cabinet minister to the Games while considering having Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita attend and that dispatching Japan Sports Agency head Koji Murofushi or Seiko Hashimoto, who served as president of the organizing committee of this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, could be options.

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