Premier discusses Taiwan-Japan relations with JTEA chairman

  • Date: 2017-09-27
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Premier Lai Ching-te today met with Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA)—Japan’s de-facto embassy in Taiwan—and said that as a former mayor of Tainan City, he is well aware of the longstanding connection and very close cooperation between Tainan and Japan.

Now as head of the Executive Yuan, Premier Lai said that he appreciates even further the extent of exchanges between Taiwan and Japan in such areas as trade, culture, education and the economy. He also thanked Chairman Ohashi on behalf of all the people of Taiwan for Japan’s commitment to justice and its assistance to Taiwan internationally.

Last year’s February 6 earthquake was the biggest to strike Tainan in 50 years, said the premier, and after the quake Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, as well as the chairman and representative of the JTEA, were quick to express their concern and support, which included a personal visit to Tainan by the JTEA chairman and representative to offer condolences. Noting that Japanese visitors make up the largest contingent of foreign tourists traveling to Tainan, Premier Lai extended thanks to the chairman, JTEA representative and all of Japan for their backing during his time as the city’s mayor.

Expressing his hope that Taiwan will likewise continue to enjoy the support of the Japanese government now that he is head of the Executive Yuan, the premier said that he is looking forward to furthering bilateral relations between Taiwan and Japan through mutual assistance and cooperation.