Speaker calls for Japan to support Taiwan bids
Taiwan’s Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng ( ) called during a visit to Japanese politicians Tuesday for Japanese support for Taiwan’s bids for access to two proposed regional economic blocs — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Wang also voiced hope that an economic partnership agreement between Taiwan and Japan can be signed as soon as possible, saying that all these measures will help boost trade between the two countries.
Fair treatment for Taiwan in international society will not just help Taiwan’s economic development but will also benefit trade between Taiwan and Japan, which will indirectly boost Japan’s trade and economic growth, Wang said while addressing a luncheon hosted by Tadashi Imai, president of the Interchange Association.
The association handles Japan’s ties with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations.
The 74-year-old Wang, a veteran member of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang ( KMT), made the same call during a meeting with Sadakazu Tanigaki, head of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, later in the day.
Wang, heading a group of 15 Taiwanese lawmakers, flew to Japan a day earlier for a four-day visit, which he said before boarding his flight in Taipei was “purely parliamentary diplomacy” aimed at boosting Taiwan’s relations with Japan.
The speaker of the Legislative Yuan since 1999 is seen as a potential nominee of the KMT in the 2016 presidential election.
On Tuesday, Wang and his delegation also visited Masaaki Yamazaki, president of the House of Councillors in the Diet, with whom they held a closed-door meeting.
Before his return April 9, Wang will tour Chiba Prefecture, where he will visit a radioactive substance examination center and a home for the elderly.
Chiba is one of five Japanese prefectures whose food products are banned from being sold in Taiwan because of possible contamination by radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in March 2011.