Prime Minister Kishida told reporters at the Prime Minister's Office on the morning of the 7th, "I am aware that the United States has announced that it will boycott the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics diplomatically. Japan's response is the significance of the Olympics. Furthermore, I would like to make my own judgment from the perspective of national interests, taking into consideration the significance of Japan's diplomacy, etc. This is Japan's basic stance. "

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno "Nothing has been decided at this time."

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, "I am aware of the announcement by the US government, but I would like to refrain from commenting on the response of each country to the Beijing Winter Games."



On that basis, "It is not always clear what the diplomatic boycott means, but the Japanese government's response will be decided on its own at an appropriate time in the future by comprehensively considering various circumstances. It is a thing, and nothing has been decided at this time. In any case, we hope that the Boycott Winter Games will be held as a celebration of peace in accordance with the principles of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. "



In addition, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno was asked by reporters, "Is there a request from the United States to harmonize?" "The United States and Japan are working closely on various fields, but diplomacy. I would like to refrain from commenting on each of the above exchanges. "

Foreign Minister "It is important to ensure freedom, respect for basic human rights, and the rule of law."

At a press conference, Foreign Minister Hayashi said, "It is not always clear what the'diplomatic boycott'means, but the Japanese government's response will comprehensively cover various circumstances at an appropriate time in the future. I have decided to make a decision in consideration of this, and at this point I have not decided anything. "



On top of that, Minister Hayashi was asked by reporters whether "various circumstances" included human rights issues, and thought that "freedom, respect for basic human rights, and the rule of law should be guaranteed in China as well." Japan's position has been working directly with the Chinese side at various levels. We will make judgments including those points. "

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