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Stronger ties sought with firms

JAPAN RELATIONS The Economic Affairs Minister has been working on developing relations with Japanese companies

CNA , TOKYO

Economic Affairs Minister Ho Mei-yueh (何美玥) said in Tokyo yesterday upon concluding her six-day visit to Japan that the trip was "fruitful."

Ho arrived in Japan last Monday as the head of a delegation consisting of officials from the Industrial Development Bureau and the Institute for Information Industry.

Ho told a news conference that she had called on several firms to discuss cooperation between them and Taiwan, including Access, NEC, Sony, Olympus, Hitachi and NAMCO. Ho said she could only mention that plans for cooperation with these companies are in the works.

She said all of the companies she spoke with had confidence in Taiwan's investment environment, and consider Taiwan's firms to be valuable potential partners for exploring the Chinese market.

In an attempt to address Japanese firms' concerns that Taiwan's economic prospects could be negatively affected by its exclusion from the emerging free trade bloc centered around the ASEAN, Ho said Taiwan would explore every possibility available.

These strategies include striking free trade agreements with other countries in the region, as well as seeking the Japanese private sector's support in signing a free trade pact with Japan.

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