Ma touts closer Taiwan-Japan relationship over recent years
CNATAIPEI -- President Ma Ying-jeou touted closer relationships between Taiwan and Japan in recent years Tuesday during a meeting with a Japanese delegation led by lawmaker Takao Fujii.
September 18, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Over the past five years, Taiwan and Japan have signed a working holiday deal, an open skies agreement, an investment pact and a fishing rights agreement, and have resumed direct flights between Taipei's Songshan Airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport, Ma noted.
Tourist visits between the two countries have also risen from 2.5 million in 2008 to 2.99 million in 2012, with the figures expected to exceed 3 million this year, he said.
Bilateral ties are at their best and most stable since Taiwan and Japan broke off diplomatic relations in 1972, Ma said.
Meanwhile, the president expressed hope that Taiwan will be able to join Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, in which Japan is participating.
He also congratulated Japan for winning its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
During his meeting with the delegation, Ma also asked if a Japanese shutdown of its nuclear reactors will affect its power supplies and electricity prices and expressed hope that Taiwan and Japan can step up cooperation on nuclear safety and disaster prevention.
Japan closed its last operating nuclear reactor a day earlier, with no timetable for any restart.