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US and Japan haven't discussed Beijing Olympics boycott: Tokyo

International community must work together to engage China, cabinet spokesman says

Athletes take part in a curling competition held as a test event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on April 1.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has not discussed with the U.S. the possibility of boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters on Wednesday, amid speculation that Washington looks to lead allies in this direction.

Kato, the Japanese government's top spokesperson, did not say whether the topic would be on the agenda for a meeting between Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and President Joe Biden slated for April 16.

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