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By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)
Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said Wednesday that he will remain head of Taiwan’s representative
office in Japan despite calls for him to step down to take responsibility for the suicide of the head of the Osaka office.
Speaking in Tokyo, Hsieh said he will not consider stepping down for the time being as he has a lot of work to do, including putting the record straight regarding the death of Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠).
According to Hsieh, Su committed suicide due to the criticism he received for his perceived failure to assist Taiwan nationals after Kansai International Airport was closed due to flooding caused by Typhoon Jebi.
Hsieh said the criticism stemmed from “fake” news reports originating in China that claimed Beijing had sent tour buses to evacuate Chinese nationals from the airport, while netizens had also claimed that staff at the Osaka office were reluctant to assist Taiwan nationals. [FULL STORY]