Date: Aug 02, 2020
By: Lin Tsuei-yi and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
The All Japan Taiwanese Union, Tokyo-based national policy adviser Alice King (金美齡), political commentator Yoshiko Sakurai, writer Ryusho Kadota and historian Hideo Tanaka, among others, said the airport should be renamed to recognize the contributions made by former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who passed away on Thursday.
Japan-based Taiwan independence activist Lin Chien-liang (林建良), who initiated the statement, said the idea of renaming either the Taoyuan airport or Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) in honor of Lee has been raised by several Japanese friends who contacted him after Lee passed away.
Naming international airports after political figures who have made significant contributions and achievements during their tenure is a common practice, the statement said, citing as examples New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. [FULL STORY]