President emphasizes importance of Taiwan-Japan relations

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right)

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right)

Taipei, March 20 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Monday thanked the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for its positive and cooperative attitude toward Taiwan, while stressing the importance of Taiwan-Japan relations in the government's diplomatic agenda.

"Our government will display the same positive and cooperative attitude," Tsai told a visiting Japanese delegation led by Keisuke Suzuki, director of the Liberal Democratic Party's Youth Division in Japan.

The Monday visit was the fifth time Suzuki had led a delegation to the Presidential Office.

During the meeting, Tsai thanked the Japanese government for its decision to change the name of its representative office in Taiwan from the "Interchange Association, Japan" to the "Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association" at the beginning of this year.

It also changed the Chinese name of the organization by adding the names "Japan" and "Taiwan."

The president said that considering the close economic and social ties between Taiwan and Japan, Taiwan's government is eager to help expand cooperation between the private enterprises of the two countries.

She also pledged that Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), Taiwan's representative to Japan, and Chiou I-jen (邱義仁), president of the Association of East Asian Relations (AEAR), who are both seasoned politicians, will work effortlessly to help boost bilateral ties.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), who was also at the meeting, said the name change offered evidence that ties between Taiwan and Japan have risen to new heights.

Chen also encouraged businesses on both sides to establish a complementary relationship that makes the most of each side's strengths.

The time has never been better for the two sides to team up and forge a stronger Taiwan-Japan relationship of the future, he said.

(By Sophia Yeh and Ko Lin)
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