The China Post
Date: November 15, 2016
By: The China Post news staff
A top Council of Agriculture official offered his resignation Monday after being personally attacked at a
public hearing on whether to lift a ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Chen Chun-yen (陳俊言), director of the council’s Department of International Affairs, was on the receiving end of stinging attacks by Kuomintang New Taipei City Councilor Chen Ming-yi at a hearing on Sunday, though he was not present.
The councilor joined a chorus of criticism claiming that the public hearings were only showpieces organized to pave the way for the lifting of the ban.
Chen, who was involved in organizing the hearings, announced his intention to resign in a statement from Singapore, saying he would formally step down after returning to Taiwan.
However, Deputy Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chong-chi said the council would not accept the resignation. [FULL STORY]