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FM Hayashi comments on diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games 

  • December 20, 2021
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Today’s Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei highlighted remarks made on a Sunday talk show by Foreign Minister Hayashi on the possibility of Japan staging a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics. He reportedly stressed that various factors will be weighed when making a decision, including the human rights situation in China and the potential impact on bilateral relations. Speaking on Beijing’s invitation for him to visit China, the top diplomat said there are no concrete plans right now. “We are deeply concerned about China’s robust military activities around Japan,” he was quoted as saying. “We will make forceful arguments on issues for which such arguments are warranted.”  

 

The cabinet minister reportedly dismissed the idea of Japan’s participation as an observer in the first Meeting of States Parties to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons scheduled for March in Vienna. 

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