TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) met with Japanese envoy Uto Takashi while attending the Honduran presidential inauguration ceremony.
CNA reported that Hsieh mentioned the event when Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party Youth Division executives, led by Director Ogura Masanobu, visited the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan.
Lai and Uto reportedly discussed Taiwan’s experience in dealing with COVID-19 and how the two countries can work together to combat infectious diseases in the future.
Lai expressed thanks to Japan for making six COVID vaccine donations, which totaled around 4.2 million doses and were of great help to Taiwan. The two also touched upon issues such as Japan’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 as well as dictatorships and authoritarian governments’ threats of force.
Ogura said that the meeting between Lai and Uto highlighted the special relationship Taiwan and Japan share, and Hsieh said it is a good thing that Taiwan and Japan are working together, as both countries share the values of democracy, freedom, and human rights. Hsieh added that he hopes Japan will continue to support Taiwan’s bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
CNA cited Ogura as reaffirming Taiwan's importance to Japan and suggesting that perhaps the two countries could deepen ties within a third country, such as Palau, which is Taiwan’s ally and friendly with Japan. Ogura said he very much looked forward to such a three-way dialogue.
Nishino Daisuke, a Japanese House of Representatives member from Kumamoto Prefecture, said he was glad Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is establishing a factory in Kumamoto.
According to Hsieh, the factory will have a positive impact on Kumamoto’s economy and job market as well as benefit Japan’s economy as a whole. Ogura added that in terms of the semiconductor industry, Taiwan and Japan’s strengths complement each other.