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Japan to quietly snub Beijing Olympics, but won't call it a boycott

Kishida walks delicate line between U.S. and China

A skiing and snowboard venue at the Beijing Winter Olympics, which opens Feb. 4. Several countries have decided not to send officials to the Games over human rights concerns in China.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Although Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and all of Japan's cabinet ministers plan to skip the Beijing Winter Olympics, Tokyo is looking to avoid declaring an explicit diplomatic boycott as it grapples to strike the right balance between its sole ally and a key trading partner.

"At this point, I myself am not planning to attend," Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at an upper house budgetary meeting on Thursday.

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