According to Kyodo News, the plan was in accordance with the United States’ decision not to send officials to the opening ceremony of the games.
Meanwhile, a political analyst has called on Tokyo to diplomatically shun the event and go “beyond” it by forbidding Japanese athletes from participating in the opening ceremony of the competition.
“Japan must not repeat the mistakes of the past,” wrote Masato Ushio, a prominent Japanese academic and critic, in an article published by Forward Japan.
“At the very least, a diplomatic boycott should be implemented. No, that is not sufficient. Athletes should also boycott the opening ceremony because it is during this ceremony that the head of state of the host country makes the opening declaration, which should be avoided “Masato shared his thoughts. The news comes after the United Kingdom and Australia joined President Joe Biden in calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
France has also taken note of the United States’ decision to boycott the upcoming Olympics on a diplomatic level, and it will consult with European partners on the next steps, according to a spokesperson for the French foreign ministry on Tuesday.
As reported by CNN, the move represents an increase in the level of pressure being applied by the United States to China over allegations of forced labor and human rights violations in China’s western region of Xinjiang, particularly against the Uyghur population and other ethnic and religious minorities.
The United States is attempting to send a “clear message” to China that human rights abuses in the country mean that “business as usual” cannot continue, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a briefing at the White House.
President Joe Biden said last month that he was considering a diplomatic boycott of China in response to calls from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for a protest against the country’s human rights abuses, according to CNN.