Search be­gins for a Tai­wanese stu­dent who’s miss­ing in Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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