Tsai starts ‘friendship tour’ of Japan
Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman and presidential candidate of Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday on a visit to meet with friends and Taiwanese expatriates.
Upon arrival at Haneda Airport, Tsai was greeted by Taiwan’s representative to Japan Shen Ssu tsun, a group of her supporters and members of the Japanese media.
Her four-day trip, which she has dubbed a “Taiwan-Japan friendship tour,” is aimed at meeting friends and visiting Taiwanese expatriate communities ahead of Taiwan’s presidential election next January, she said in response to questions by Japanese reporters.
Tsai said she also hopes to meet with people in Japan who are familiar with the country’s efforts to cope with the challenges of globalization, and to talk with leaders in the industrial sector about possible cooperation between Taiwan and Japan in economic and industrial areas.
Given the opportunity, Tsai said, she would also like to exchange ideas with members of Japan’s two main political parties and others in the political arena.
In Taiwan, Tsai is leading by a wide margin in the public opinion polls ahead of the Jan. 16 presidential election and is seen in some quarters as poised to become the country’s first female president.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, center left, poses for a photo while on her visit to Japan, yesterday. Tsai is on a four-day “friendship tour” of Japan. According to her party, Tsai told Japan’s House of Representatives that she hopes Japan will help Taiwan join negotiations for second-round membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).