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Japanese parliamentarian Nobuo Kishi (middle) visited President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on May 5.

Brother of Japanese PM Abe visits Tsai

Japanese parliamentarian Nobuo Kishi (middle) visited President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on May 5.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japanese parliamentarian Nobuo Kishi, a brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visited President-elect Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei Thursday amid tension between the two countries.
After talks at the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters lasting one hour, Kishi said that both sides had agreed to solve the current crisis over Okinotori quickly and in a low-key way.
On Thursday, a Taiwanese fishing trawler returned to the island with its captain and crew after being held by Japan in an incident which provoked a war of words.
Japan claims Okinotori, where it apprehended the vessel, is an island, allowing it to decree a 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone around it. However, Taiwan retorted that the 9-square-meter area was only an atoll, and that Japan’s action against the ship was therefore illegal.
The dispute threatens to continue as Taiwan has promised it would send out coast guard vessels to protect Taiwanese fishermen in the area.
Tsai is scheduled to be sworn in as president with a new Cabinet on May 20, with former Premier Frank Hsieh taking over as the country’s representative in Tokyo.
Kishi said he exchanged views with Tsai Thursday about bilateral relations and about China, without going into details. China would pay attention to Tsai’s inauguration, he said. The president-elect reportedly also explained her “New Southward Policy” to Kishi, a member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
His six-member delegation was reportedly planning to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday.


Updated : 2022-05-18 16:56 GMT+08:00