Japanese councilors support ICAO presence for Taiwan

More than 100 Taiwan-friendly Japanese councilors expressed their support Sunday for Taiwan's participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international organizations, and welcomed Taiwan's contributions to such bodies.

The support from a national association of Taiwan-friendly Japanese councilors was set forth in the "Wakayama Statement," which was released by Fujio Endo, the head of the councilor group, on the opening day of a Japan-Taiwan exchange meeting in Wakayama City in Japan's Kansai Region.

The statement said that there are close exchanges between the Japanese and Taiwanese people. To boost such interactions, the association will promote cooperation between Japan's local government-administered entities and Taiwanese cities.

As the number of Japan-Taiwan personnel exchanges has reached 6 million per year, for the sake of aviation safety, the association supports Taiwan's membership of, or contributions to, the ICAO and other international organizations, the statement said.

The two-day Japan-Taiwan exchange meeting gathered some 130 Taiwan-friendly Japanese councilors from around the country, as well as a 47-member Taiwanese delegation headed by Taiwan's Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council