Search begins for a Taiwanese student who’s missing in Japan
A Taiwanese exchange college student has been listed as missing by the Japanese authorities, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, adding that a search has been launched for the girl.
Chou Shyue-yow ( ), deputy director-general of the MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said the student, identified by the surname Lu ( ), has been put on Japan’s national list of people unaccounted for, which is circulated among all port and border control units of that country.
So far, there have been no reports that Lu has left Japan and the MOFA has been coordinating with the Japanese search efforts, Chou said.
Earlier in the day, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-che ( ) hosted a press conference in Taipei along with Lu’s grandfather, in which the lawmaker said that Lu, a student at Shu-Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, left for Kagoshima, Japan in September last year, where she was enrolled as an exchange student at the International University Of Kagoshima.
Lu was discovered March 20 to have not returned to her dormitory, and has been missing ever since. Her student visa will expire Aug. 16, Huang said.
Although Chou pointed out that Lu left a note saying that she had chosen to leave the dormitory, her grandfather did not believe she had left of her own volition, and therefore approached Huang to seek his help with the search.
Chou said the MOFA will do its utmost to help in the search for Lu through its connections with the relevant Japanese authorities.