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Japan was 'too late' in announcing Olympic snub: Takaichi

Tokyo should have swiftly decided on diplomatic boycott, policy chief says

Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi speaks at the ruling party's committee on economic security on Dec. 22. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- The policy chief of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party criticized the government's announcement that it would not send any government officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying it took too much time.

"It came too late. The government should have swiftly decided on a diplomatic boycott," the hawkish politician Sanae Takaichi said Monday on an online program.

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