1 of 4 | Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that he has "no plans to attend" the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, in February. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo
The United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have all said they won't send an official delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics, as is standard practice for the quadrennial event. The primary reason, they said, is concern over China's human rights practices, particularly those involving the minority Muslim Uyghur population.
"At the moment, I have no plans to attend," Kishida said in Japanese Parliament on Thursday, according to Japan Today.
The National Stadium is seen in Beijing, China, on August 7. The stadium will be used for the closing ceremony at the Winter Olympics in February. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI
"It is important to make a judgment by myself at an appropriate time after comprehensively taking into account various issues in consideration of the national interest."
While Japan is a strong ally of the United States, it also has deep economic ties with China as its largest trading partner. Japan also depends on China as a manufacturing hub and is a top customer for vehicles and other products.
Another Chinese neighbor, South Korea, has said it will not join the diplomatic boycott. President Moon Jae-in said this week that attending the Games would maintain a "positive" relationship with China.
Athletes are not part of the diplomatic boycotts and will participate in the Beijing Games, which are scheduled to run from Feb. 4-20.