A group of 71 Japanese Parliamentarians arrived in Taipei on Monday for a four-day goodwill visit.
Delegation down aircraft steps and welcomed by official members (6 shots)
Press conference (6 shots)
Diet mission visiting Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Museum.
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Background: A group of 71 Japanese Parliamentarians arrived in Taipei on Monday for a four-day goodwill visit. The group, the largest Japanese parliamentary mission ever to visit Taiwan, was greeted on arrival by Mr. Ma Su-Lee, Director of the Tokyo Office of the East Asia Relations Association. The East Asia Association has acted as a semi-official body to maintain economic and cultural ties at a private level between the two countries, ever since diplomatic relations between Japan and Taiwan were severed in September of last year.
At an airport press conference, Former Education Minister, Mr. Rirokichi Nadao, leader of the Japanese Mission, said that cultural exchanges between Japan and Taiwan will be stepped up to promote further unilateral cooperation. The Japanese mission will also be meeting high-ranking Taiwanese government officials to discuss economic and trade relations, which has been rising despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties.
Following the press conference, the Japanese group visited the National palace Ruseum and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Before leaving for home on October 3rd, the group will also call on the National Assembly, the Legislative Yuan and the Control Yuan.