President hopes for economic partnership pact with Japan

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Tuesday that she hopes a Taiwan-Japan economic partnership agreement (EPA) can be signed during annual bilateral trade and economic talks that started in Taipei earlier that day, according to a statement released by the Presidential Office.

During a meeting with Japan’s Interchange Association Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi (大橋光夫), Tsai said that the firm friendship between Taiwan and Japan is conducive to trade and economic exchanges between the two nations and expressed hope that an economic partnership agreement (EPA) would be signed during the meeting.

Tsai also indicated that she hoped the two sides would use the meeting to solidify their close partnership in ways that contribute to regional peace, stability and prosperity, according to the statement.

Touching on tourism between the two countries, Tsai pointed out that in 2015 two-way tourist traffic between Taiwan and Japan exceeded five million visitors for the first time, an indication of close ties.

To encourage more Japanese tourists to visit the country, Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau has invited Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa to be the spokesperson for its campaign to promote Taiwan as a tourist destination, the president said, adding that the government hoped the number of tourist visits would continue to set new records in the years to come.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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