Governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara was forced to cancel a sightseeing trip to eastern Taiwan due to the approaching Typhoon Nock-Ten, officials at the Ministry of Transportation and Commun-ications (MOTC) said yesterday.
\nIshihara, who arrived in Taipei yesterday, was invited by the ministry's Tourism Bureau and the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) to take a top-end sightseeing train that travels through Ilan, Hualien and Taitung.
\n"Governor Ishihara intends to help promote tourism in Taiwan through the trip. His visit will greatly boost our tourism industry," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a press release announcing the official's visit last Friday.
\n"We welcome [Governor Ishi-hara's] visit," MOFA said.
\nHowever, as the rare autumn typhoon is expected to pound the island with heavy rains today, transportation officials said Ishihara's trip has been postponed to tomorrow or Wednesday.
\nMOTC officials might show Ishihara some tourist destinations in northern Taiwan instead. "We really have no clear idea about what is going to happen," said TRA spokesman Sung Chien-ping (宋建平).
\nMinister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三) met with Ishihara last night to discuss the changed itinerary, according to Sung.
\nIshihara is scheduled to meet with President Chen Shui-bian (
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