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Japan says it's not sending senior officials to Beijing Olympics

Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto will attend Winter Games

Staff members are seen at the National Ski Jumping Center in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, during a government-organized media tour to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics venues on Dec. 21.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has decided not to send senior officials to the Beijing Olympics in February, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said at a news conference on Friday, a move that will align it with a U.S. diplomatic boycott over China's alleged human rights abuses.

In addition to cabinet members, the government will not send Koji Murofushi, director general of the Japan Sports Agency, whose dispatch had been under consideration. Matsuno cited "comprehensive judgment," including human rights issues, as the reason for the move.

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