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For some time now, the voice of singer Kyu Sakamoto singing “Good Timin’” has been ringing in my head. I first heard about the song 30 years ago from a senior friend who was a fan of his. What reminded me of his song today was the repeated mention of the issue of “timing” by government officials when making statements about their policy toward China.

At a press conference on December 24, 2021, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno finally announced that government officials would not be sent to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022. He also said, “The timing of today’s announcement is the result of extensive review. of various factors. Eighteen days have passed since the United States made its announcement on December 6.

In his song, Kyu Sakamoto repeats that timing is the most important thing in this world. They say there’s a time for everything, but it’s hard to understand why the decision had to drag on so long.

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Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on the left, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Fumio Kishida’s cabinet was pressured both inside and outside the party to make an earlier announcement, giving the impression of a weak government to the Japanese public. The “various factors” mentioned by Chief Cabinet Minister Matsuno were also questionable.

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China’s human rights problems are not limited to the oppression of ethnic minorities. On December 23, an alarming article was published by the international news section of Sankei Shimbun. A Shanghai teacher has been expelled from her school for saying there was no data to support the claim that 300,000 people were killed in the Nanjing Massacre.

The theory that there were 300,000 victims of the Nanjing Massacre is absurd since the population of Nanjing at the time was only around 200,000. Nevertheless, expressing such doubts can get you punished in China. Thus, China daily commits human rights violations against its own people.

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Raising the question of when to express one’s attitude to continued human rights violations risks being interpreted as a disregard for human rights.

In addition, the history of Sino-Japanese relations shows that China changes its position towards Japan based solely on convenience, such as the international situation, rather than whether Japan shows any tolerance. consideration for China.

(Find access to the Sankei Sho column in the Sankei Shimbun in Japanese on this link.)

Author: The Sankei Shimbun