Foreign ministry welcomes renaming of Japanese rep. office

The foreign ministry has welcomed Japan's decision to rename its representative office in Taiwan.

The office in Taiwan announced on Wednesday that it would change its name to Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association beginning January 1. It has been operating under the name Japan Interchange Association.

The foreign ministry says the new name reflects the purpose and nature of the office and shows that bilateral ties are moving in a positive direction.

Japan is Taiwan's third largest trade partner and Taiwan is Japan's fourth biggest trade partner. Bilateral trade last year was at US$57.9 billion. 5.3 million tourists traveled between Japan and Taiwan last y

Source: Radio Taiwan International