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New Taipei mayor promotes exchanges in Yokohama

New Taipei mayor promotes exchanges in Yokohama

Tokyo, March 2 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu and the mayor of Yokohama met in Japan Friday, with both political leaders enthusiastic about improving city-to-city exchanges in the future. Chu, who is in Japan on a trade mission, said during a visit with Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi that close ties between Yokohama and New Taipei would mean a lot because of the previously close ties between Kanagawa Prefecture and Taipei County. Taipei County was renamed New Taipei City in December 2010 after it became a special municipality. He said the two cities strongly resemble each other, with New Taipei home to more than 270,000 businesses and factories -- the most of any administrative region in Taiwan -- and Yokohama home to heavy industries and other industrial sectors. Hayashi, a former president of BMW Tokyo, said she has yet to visit Taiwan in her official capacity but she has experienced Taiwanese hospitality during her previous business trips to Taiwan. She suggested that the two cities establish themes for future city-to-city exchanges, an idea echoed by Chu, who said they could plan cooperative initiatives in such fields as environmental protection, transportation or industry development. Hayashi also expressed gratitude for Taiwan's 20 billion yen (US$245 million) donated to Japan in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011, including New Taipei's 200 million yen donation in the first two weeks after the disaster struck. (By Tsao Heng and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2020-12-01 20:39 GMT+08:00