Taiwan, Japan expected to sign MOUs at trade meeting: source

Tokyo-Taiwan and Japan are likely to sign a memorandum of understanding on customs cooperation and mutual assistance at the 42nd Taiwan-Japan Economic and Trade Conference that opened Tuesday in Tokyo, a source familiar with the matter told CNA.

The two sides are also expected to sign an MOU on cultural exchanges but the details of that memorandum still need to be ironed out, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to give information on the issue.

The two-day closed-door conference opened Tuesday with an exchange of greetings between Chiou I-jen (???), head of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association (TJRA), and his Japanese counterpart Mitsuo Ohashi, chairman of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.

Frank Hsieh (???), Taiwan's representative to Japan, TJRA Secretary-General Chang Shu-ling (???), and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association President Yasuaki Tanizaki are also taking part in the conference.

TJRA, a semi-official Taiwanese agency that handles relations with Japan in the absence of diplomatic ties, said in a statement on Nov. 13 that the two countries were looking forward to strengthening economic and trade relations through the annual conference, which was held for the first time in 1976.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel