Twenty years of diplomatic ties were finally cut on Tuesday (28 November) when Taiwan's Ambassador to Japan, Mr.
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Background: Twenty years of diplomatic ties were finally cut on Tuesday (28 November) when Taiwan's Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Peng Meng-chi, flew home to Taipei.
Mr. Peng left from an embassy stripped of its name plaque, after a courtesy call to the japanese Foreign Ministry.
Diplomatic links between the two countries were broken off when Japan restored relations with The People's Republic of China in September.
A big crowd, waving Taiwanese flags, was at Tokyo Airport to farewell Mr. Peng. Among them was Mr. Okinori Kaya, a pro-Taiwan Liberal Democratic Party member of the Japanese Parliament. He shook hands with Mr. Peng before the Taiwan envoy boarded his aircraft.
An official of the Taiwan Embassy in Tokyo said it would remain open to issue visas pending establishment of a liaison office.
The Japanese Ambassador to Taiwan, Mr. Atsushi Uyami, is returning to Japan this week. Private-level relations between the two countries will then be maintained in Taiwan through the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.