Japanese parliamentarians visit Taiwan
Seven Japanese lawmakers will visit Taiwan later this month, according to Taiwan’s foreign ministry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on July 12 confirmed an announcement made by Frank Hsieh, Taiwan’s representative to Japan, that a group of seven members of Japan’s National Diet will visit Taiwan in late July, the Taipei Times reported. .
Hsieh announced the visit on Facebook, saying that after the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, it is especially important for members of the Japanese Diet to organize a delegation to visit Taiwan. It also means the Diet’s support in Taiwan will not dissipate due to Abe’s death, he said. According to the Foreign Ministry, the list of the delegation as well as the purpose and itinerary of the visit to Taiwan are still being arranged and will be released in due course. Taiwan and Japan have maintained close mutual visits and exchanges for many years, the ministry said.
Last Friday, Abe was shot dead in the Japanese city of Nara during a campaign speech. Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, approached the politician from behind and fired two shots from a distance of about 10 meters. The attacker allegedly plotted the assassination of the 67-year-old former prime minister for almost a year. After Friday’s unfortunate turn of events, a number of world leaders have shared their wishes for Shinzo Abe.
The Japanese government has decided to award Shinzo Abe the country’s highest honor posthumously. Abe will receive the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, Kyodo News in Japan reported. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister will be the fourth former prime minister to receive the decoration under the postwar constitution. (ANI)
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