Representatives of four leading Japanese companies were absent today (Tuesday) at the opening of the Japan-Taiwan Cooperation Committee meeting in Tokyo.
MS TILE Keidanren building in Tokyo
MS Mr. Mitsugiro Ishii, committee chairman, enters
MS Taiwan delegates enter
MS Taiwan delegate and Mr. Ishii seated (note Mr. Ishii is former Chairman of the Diet Lower House)
CU Mr. Chang Chun
CU Another Taiwan delegate sits down
MS Mr. Shinsuke Kishi - former Japanese foreign minister and brother of Prime Minister Sato Pan delegates
CU Taiwan delegate
MS Mr. Ishii
MS PAN delegate
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Background: Representatives of four leading Japanese companies were absent today (Tuesday) at the opening of the Japan-Taiwan Cooperation Committee meeting in Tokyo.
The companies -- Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan Airlines, Toyota Motor and Sales companies and Teijin Limited, a leading synthetic textile firm -- decided not to attend to avoid offending Peking.
Their decision was seen in Tokyo as a move by Japanese industries to improve trade relations with the People's Republic of China following President Nixon's recent announcement of his planned visit to Peking.
Nippon Steel Corporation - Japan's largest steel-maker -- said it was the only Japanese mill shut out from the Chinese market because it had sent its delegation to previous meeting of the cooperation committee. Toyota Motor said its decision came after careful consideration of the recent changes in circumstances. The company also plans to send representatives soon to China.
The two-day committee meeting in Tokyo is being attended by Mr. Chang Chun, a top aide of Nationalist Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek. Mr. Chang, secretary-general of the Office of the President of Nationalist China, had talks yesterday with Japan's Prime Minister Sato. Mr. Chang was quoted as saying President Nixon's announcement to visit Peking had taken Taiwan by complete surprise.