President-elect Lai Ching-te Addresses Japanese Lawmakers Ahead of Inauguration

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President-elect Lai Ching-te Addresses Japanese Lawmakers Ahead of Inauguration

Taiwan's President-elect Lai Ching-te engaged with a gathering of Japan's pro-Taiwan lawmakers via video message in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward prior to his upcoming inauguration on May 20. Pro-Taiwan Japanese lawmakers revealed their intention to dispatch a significant delegation to Taiwan for the inauguration ceremony, marking it as the largest group to attend a presidential inauguration.

The delegation's size, consisting of more than 30 individuals, reflects a strong commitment to the relationship between Japan and Taiwan, with an emphasis on mutual support during times of crisis. Lai highlighted the interconnectedness of Taiwan and Japan, underlining the shared responsibilities and challenges both nations face together.

Keiji Furuya, the group's leader representing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, expressed the importance of bolstering cooperation not only with Taiwan but also with like-minded countries such as the United States. The delegation's visit to Taiwan, scheduled from May 18 to 20, includes planned meetings with various key figures, including Lai, outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen, and legislative Speaker Han Kuo-yu, to deepen diplomatic ties. Additionally, the group announced a charitable donation of 1 million yen to support victims of a recent earthquake in Taiwan.