By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) A Taiwanese exchange college student has been listed as missing
by the Japanese authorities, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday, adding that a search has been launched for the girl.
Chou Shyue-yow (周學佑), deputy director-general of the MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said the student, identified by the surname Lu (鹿), has been put on Japan’s national list of people unaccounted for, which is circulated among all port and border control units of that country.
So far, there have been no reports that Lu has left Japan and the MOFA has been coordinating with the Japanese search efforts, Chou said.
Earlier in the day, opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) hosted a press conference in Taipei along with Lu’s grandfather, in which the lawmaker said that Lu, a student at Shu-Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, left for Kagoshima, Japan in September last year, where she was enrolled as an exchange student at the International University Of Kagoshima.