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Japan Prime Minister Planning to Stay Away from Beijing Olympics

  • Tokyo hasn’t said if it will join U.S.-led diplomatic boycott
  • Kishida’s government may send lower-level delegation

Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he had no plans to personally attend the Beijing Olympics, as his government remains non-committal in public about joining the U.S.-led diplomatic boycott of the games.

Kishida told a parliamentary committee Thursday, in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker, that Japan would make a decision on its official representation at an appropriate time, based on its national interests. The choice has been particularly difficult for Tokyo, which relies on its sole military ally the U.S. for security and lists China as its top trading partner.