On December 5, according to NHK News, a resolution passed by Japan’s Upper House said the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and other parts of China’s human rights condition are of concern.
In the meeting, the chamber’s plenary session ended with a majority vote passing the resolution. While avoiding direct criticism of China, the resolution strongly urged the Chinese Communist Party to fulfill accountability so the international community could understand. In addition, the resolution expresses concern about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, Southern Mongolia, and other regions.
CNN said the violation of religious freedom and forced incarceration was mentioned in the resolution and referred to as “serious human rights situations.”
RFA reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Fangsai stated after the resolution was passed: “We are working with like-minded countries to address the human rights situation of the Uighurs. The government is considering the goals of the resolution and working steadily.”
Additionally, following a diplomatic boycott by the U.S. over worries about China’s human rights situation, Japan has declared it will not send a government delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing. However, Tokyo avoided calling its decision that explicitly.
It noted that Japan, the United States, and the G7 members shared concern over the matter after Japan’s Lower House adopted a similar resolution in February.