Japan’s parliament criticizes human rights situation in China


WA few days before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Japanese lower house passed a resolution criticizing the human rights situation in China without naming the country. Japan thus continues to follow the line of expressing criticism of China without becoming too explicit.

Patrick Welter

Correspondent for business and politics in Japan based in Tokyo.

This was also evident in Japan’s reaction to the diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games by the United States and other Western countries. Japan does not send a government delegation to the opening of the games, but does not want to speak of a diplomatic boycott.

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MEPs cite the international community’s concerns about the serious human rights situation in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, Tibet, southern Mongolia, Hong Kong and other areas. The resolution also states that human rights are of a universal nature and a legitimate concern of the international community. It is not a matter of the internal affairs of a single country. A violent change in the status quo is a threat to the international community.

The deputies are thus positioning themselves directly against the Chinese government, which forbids other states to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

In order to get a quick decision on the revolution, the deputies refrained from naming China and only spoke about the human rights situation, but not about human rights violations. The background is that in the governing coalition of Liberal Democrats and the Buddhist Komeito there are different opinions on how much one should irritate China, which is gaining strength.


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