Taiwan, Japan to promote local-level exchanges

Taipei--An annual summit organized by members of Japan's prefectural assemblies will be held in late August to promote exchanges with Taiwan at the local level, an association that handles exchanges with Japan said Tuesday in Taipei.

The summit, organized by the Japan-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Consultation Association, is scheduled for Aug. 23 in Kumamoto Prefecture on the Japanese island of Kyushu, said Chang Shu-ling (???), acting secretary-general of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association in Taipei, at a regular news briefing.

Now in its third year, the event will bring together members of prefectural assemblies around Japan and city council delegations from Tainan and Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, Chang said.

The event is aimed at promoting exchanges between Taiwan and Japan at the local level, she said, adding that officials from Taiwan's representative office in neighboring Fukuoka Prefecture will also attend.

The two previous summits produced declarations on the development of relations between Taiwan and Japan, Chang said.

In August 2015, the organizers issued a statement on strengthening local exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, while in September 2016 the declaration was on support for Taiwan's participation in international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, Chang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel