Japan wants China to act responsibly in Xinjiang

The Japanese government plans to continue to communicate with China about its human rights record in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Tokyo may also urge Beijing to act responsibly and improve the situation.

Japan is the only G7 country that has not imposed sanctions over China's alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang.

On Monday, the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union imposed coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials accused of being involved in the alleged abuses. The punishments include asset freezes and travel bans.

The Japanese government says Japan and China are close both geographically and economically. It adds that Japan does not have the legal foundation required to implement sanctions in response to human rights matters.

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu said it is important for the international community to closely collaborate and strongly press China on the issue.