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Legislature speaker arrives in Japan for 4-day visit

Legislature speaker arrives in Japan for 4-day visit

Tokyo, April 6 (CNA) Taiwan's Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (???) arrived in Tokyo on Monday to embark on a four-day tour aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Taiwan and Japan. Wang, heading a group of 15 lawmakers (including himself), departed from Taipei Songshan Airport earlier in the day. Before boarding his flight, Wang told reporters that the visit was "purely parliamentary diplomacy" aimed at boosting Taiwan's relations with Japan, and he asked the media to refrain from "associating (the trip) with anything else." The veteran member of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), who has served as speaker of the Legislature since 1999, is seen as a potential nominee of the KMT in the 2016 presidential election. The wily 74-year-old politician has so far managed, however, to avoid directly answering questions on whether or not he will seek the KMT's nomination despite intense speculation over his intentions. During his stay in Japan, Wang will visit Masaaki Yamazaki, president of the House of Councillors in the Diet, and Sadakazu Tanigaki, head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He will also meet Katsuya Okada, head of Japan's largest opposition party, the Democratic Party. Before his return on April 9, Wang will tour Chiba Prefecture, where he will visit a radioactive substance examination center and facilities offering long-term health care services for elderly people. Chiba is one of five Japanese prefectures whose food products are banned from being sold in Taiwan because of possible contamination by radioactive substances from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in March 2011. (By Yang Ming-chu, Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 02:22 GMT+08:00