Central News Agency
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) A group of Japanese lawmakers is visiting Taiwan to discuss relations between the two countries, including matters related to the safety of Japanese food exports to Taiwan, a Taiwanese official said Thursday. The lawmakers, who arrived a day earlier on a four-day visit, have met with the mayors of Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan to promote city-to-city exchanges with Japan, said Lo Koon-tsan, secretary-general of the Association of East Asian Relations, which handles ties with Japan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties, at a news briefing.
During the meeting with Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, the delegation expressed hope that Taiwan will rethink its regulations pertaining to Japanese food imports and that more scientific data can be provided, a source said. Led by Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Nobuo Kishi, the brother of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the delegation is also scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, Foreign Minister David Lin and former President Lee Teng-hui, said Lo. The delegation will also call on Lee Chia-chin, chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and executives of the ruling Kuomintang and main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [FULL STORY]