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Former Japanese PM Taro Aso heads to Taiwan for 4-day visit

Former Japanese PM Taro Aso heads to Taiwan for 4-day visit

Tokyo, April 5 (CNA) Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso departed Monday on a four-day private visit to Taiwan, according to diplomatic sources.
The Japanese Sankei Shimbun business daily reported the same day that Aso, along with his family, will be visiting Taiwan at the invitation of Taiwanese friends.
Sources at Taiwan's representative office in Tokyo later confirmed the report, saying Aso left Monday morning for Taipei.
According to the Sankei Shimbun, Aso told the Japanese Diet that during his visit, he would look at Taiwan's political development.
It is Aso's first trip to Taiwan since he stepped down as premier last September after his party lost a parliamentary election to the Democratic Party of Japan in August 2009.
Aso, who served as Japan's prime minister from September 2008 through September 2009, once visited Taiwan in April 2003 in his capacity as head of the then-ruling Liberal Democratic Party's policy coordination council. During that visit, he attended a seminar with politicians from Taiwan's then-ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
Only two other retired Japanese prime ministers have ever visited Taiwan. The late Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda visited Taiwan in March 1992, and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori visited Taiwan in December 2003 and again in November 2006.
(By Mike Chang and Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-09 16:43 GMT+08:00