Japanese Official: Nothing Decided on Abe's Olympic Attendance

Write : 2018-01-11 15:49:26 Update : 2018-01-11 16:02:31

Japanese Official: Nothing Decided on Abe's Olympic Attendance

Citing government officials, Japan's Sankei Shimbun daily said Thursday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to withhold attending the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month.

However, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, known as the spokesman for the Tokyo government, has said that nothing has been decided.

When asked about the Sankei report during a regular briefing Thursday, Suga reiterated the previous stance saying the prime minister's attendance will be reviewed in consideration of parliamentary schedules. He said no decision has been reached at present and the issue is under review.

Asked about when Abe's attendance at the PyeongChang Olympics will be decided, Suga said it depends on the timetable of parliament affairs.  

Sankei earlier reported that Tokyo is citing the fact the parliament's budget deliberation coincides with the Olympics, but Abe's decision to skip the winter games was apparently affected by the Seoul government's announced stance on the 2015 agreement on Japan's wartime sex slavery.

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