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Leaders of parliamentary groups call for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games  

  • December 15, 2021
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All national papers wrote that the heads of three parliamentary leagues on human rights in China met with Prime Minister Kishida at the Kantei on Tuesday and urged him not to send a government or diplomatic delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics unless the Chinese government addresses Japan’s concerns about its human rights abuses of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. 

 

In a related story, Asahi reported that a supra-partisan parliamentary league seeking the enactment of a Japan version of the U.S. Magnitsky Act chose former Agriculture Minister Saito Ken of the LDP as their new leader on Tuesday given that Nakatani Gen, who had headed the group since its inception, stepped down last month when he was tapped by Prime Minister Kishida as a special advisor on human rights issues. Upper House legislator Funayama Yasue of the Democratic Party of the People was selected as the co-leader of the parliamentary league.   

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