By Yang Chun-hui and Jake Chung / Employees reporter, with employees author
The Legislative Yuan’s parliamentary friendship affiliation for the East Asian area yesterday introduced that it’s formally inviting former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to go to Taiwan subsequent yr.
The group held a information convention and introduced copies of a a call for participation for Abe to present a speech on the Legislative Yuan in Taipei.
Subsequent yr could be a momentous event for Japan, with the nation marking the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear energy plant catastrophe, in addition to the proposed staging of the delayed Summer time Olympic and Paralympic video games, it mentioned.
Picture: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Instances
The letter cited the robust friendship between Taiwan and Japan, and the way the 2 nations have aided one another in occasions of want.
Democratic Progressive Get together (DPP) Legislator Kuo Kuo-wen (郭國文), head of the affiliation, mentioned he believed that subsequent yr could be the perfect time to ask Abe, as he would have had time to recuperate after stepping down as prime minister attributable to well being causes.
Abe had made it potential for former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to go to and deal with the Japanese Food regimen on his views on democracy and different educational matters, DPP Legislator Michelle Lin (林楚茵) mentioned.
The Legislative Yuan, as a consultant of Taiwan’s citizenry, is the perfect proxy in expressing its friendship to different nations, DPP Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) mentioned.
Abe is seen as a political determine who has been most pleasant towards Taiwan and the invitation might pave the best way for even nearer relations between the 2 nations, she mentioned.
Taiwan and Japan take pleasure in very pleasant non-government relations and a go to by Abe would increase bilateral relations, which is particularly heartening as Taiwan is confronted with an unfriendly neighbor, DPP Legislator Chang Hung-lu (張宏陸) mentioned.
Chang mentioned he hoped that sooner or later, high-level authorities officers from Taiwan and Japan would be capable to go to one another.
Ministry of International Affairs spokeswoman Joanne Ou (歐江安) mentioned the ministry wish to thank the affiliation for its contributions to furthering Taiwan-Japan relations.
Abe had on a number of events expressed that Taiwan and Japan have shared values, and that Taiwan is a “cherished pal and companion,” she mentioned.
Underneath Abe, the Japanese authorities was amenable to Taiwan becoming a member of the Complete and Progressive Settlement for Trans-Pacific Partnership and different worldwide our bodies, such because the WHO, she added.
The ministry will proceed to deepen relations with Japan, whereas stepping up efforts to boost ties with Abe and different Japanese officers, Ou mentioned.
Extra reporting by Lu Yi-hsuan
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