Ties urged for Taiwanese, Japanese city councilors

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 10, 2018
By: Cheng Hung-ta and Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Two groups from Taiwan and Japan yesterday called for the formation of an

Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) chairman Lau Yi-te, second right, Tokyo-based Taiwan 2020 Campaign Council chairman Satoru Mizushima and others raise their fists at a news conference at which they announced the establishment of a Taiwan-Japan councilors association.  Photo: Cheng Hung-ta, Taipei Times

association of Taiwanese and Japanese city councilors to push back against Chinese pressure.

The initiative was proposed by the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) and Tokyo-based Taiwan 2020 Campaign Council at a news conference held by the TSU to bolster Taiwanese and Japanese efforts to petition for Taiwan’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name “Taiwan.”

Council chairman Satoru Mizushima said he has been in contact with several Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) legislators, and has also proposed the formation of an association of Taiwanese and Japanese city councilors to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is the president of Japan’s ruling LDP.

Abe approved of the idea and the council plans to establish the association this fall, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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