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KMT legislative caucus wants Japan to recall its rep in Taiwan

KMT legislative caucus wants Japan to recall its rep in Taiwan

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) The leaders of the legislative caucus of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) adopted a resolution Monday urging the Cabinet to declared Masaki Saito, Japan's representative in Taiwan, persona non grata because he said Taiwan's status was still unclear.
Asked by reporters whether the resolution means that Japan should recall Saito, KMT caucus secretary-general Yang Chiung-ying said, "Of course, we recommend that he be recalled." Yang added that once Saito is declared unwelcome, there is no reason for him to continue to stay in Taiwan.
She explained that when a defacto envoy in Taiwan becomes unfriendly to the host county, his government should have him recalled immediately.
Saito, head of the Taipei office of the Interchange Association -- Japan's de facto embassy in Taiwan -- made the controversial assertion during a speech delivered at an annual meeting of the Republic of China International Relationship Association held in National Chung Cheng University in Chiayi county.
He later apologized and retracted his remarks after Deputy Foreign Minister Andrew Hsia summoned him, lodged a protest and demanded an explanation.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saito told Hsia that it was purely his personal view that Taiwan's status was still unresolved and that his comment did not reflect the position of the Japanese government.
Saito said he was sorry that his remarks had created difficulty for the ROC government and gave the assurance that he would not make any similar remarks in the future, according to the news release.
Japan ruled Taiwan for 50 years until Oct. 25, 1945, when it gave up control of the island after losing World War II.
(By Han Nai-kuo)