Taiwan's foreign minister meets with new Japanese ambassador over bubble tea

Foreign Minister Wu partakes in 'bubble tea diplomacy' with newly appointed head of Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association

Hiroyasu Izumi (left) and Joseph Wu (MOFA Twitter photo)

Hiroyasu Izumi (left) and Joseph Wu (MOFA Twitter photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) met with the new Japanese representative to Taiwan, Hiroyasu Izumi (泉裕泰), over a cup of bubble tea on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

In a tweet, Wu posted photos of the meeting in which he made a toast to the Japanese official with bubble tea, or tapioca milk tea — Taiwan’s signature drink that has taken the Northeast Asian country by storm recently, with shops springing up throughout major Japanese cities.

Wu, who is known for expressing his views candidly on Twitter on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, extended a warm welcome to the Japanese diplomat in the post, tagging it with #BubbleTeaDiplomacy.”

Hiroyasu Izumi, 62, was appointed as the head of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, the de facto Japanese embassy in Taiwan, on Oct. 24 and assumed office on Nov. 1. He has previously been posted to the U.K., the U.S., China, and Bangladesh.