Fri, Mar 17, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Tokyo open to Lee visit

Japan will consider any application by former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) to visit, a top Japanese official said yesterday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe suggested that Tokyo had not yet received any application by Lee to visit, but he did not deny the possibility that Japan would permit such a trip. "If Mr. Lee specifically expresses his intention to visit Japan, then we will make an appropriate decision based on the objective of the visit," Abe said, without elaborating. Lee has said in recent months that he wanted to visit Japan in the spring to follow the path detailed in 17th century haiku poet Matsuo Basho's The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Reports had said he plans to make the trip in May.

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