Tsai starts ‘friend­ship tour’ of Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

CNA

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).

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