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Japan unlikely to send cabinet members to Beijing Olympics

Kishida may ask Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto to attend instead

The Olympic flame is placed on a podium inside the Olympic Tower in Beijing on Dec. 10.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is unlikely to send cabinet members to the Beijing Olympics in February, Nikkei has learned, in a move that would align it with a U.S. diplomatic boycott over China's alleged human rights abuses. 

Instead, the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is looking to send Olympic officials, including Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Seiko Hashimoto to the Winter Games, government sources said.

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