Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui arrives in Japan’s Okinawa

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is also visiting the island

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/22
By:  Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) flew to the Japanese

Ex-President Lee Teng-hui (center, in wheelchair) on his way to Okinawa Friday. (By Central News Agency)

island of Okinawa Friday to attend Sunday’s unveiling of a monument to Taiwanese soldiers who died in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa.

Lee was born during the 1895-1945 Japanese occupation of Taiwan, and has close links with the country. Since leaving office in 2000, he has visited Japan nine times, the Central News Agency reported.

He was spotted in a wheelchair at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Friday afternoon on the way to board his flight. Responding to questions from reporters, the 95-year-old former head of state said he was feeling well. A doctor and a nurse were part of his entourage for the trip, according to CNA.

While he is on the island, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also be visiting, but it is not yet clear whether the two will meet. Abe recently thanked Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen for expressing concern over last Monday’s earthquake in Osaka.

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