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Conference hopes to improve Taiwan-Japan cooperation

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

A conference on academic exchanges between Taiwan and Japan is scheduled for today and tomorrow in Taipei under the auspices of the Association of East Asia Relations (AEAR), a quasi-official organization in charge of exchanges with Japan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), along with Tadashi Ikeda, Japan's representative to Taiwan and AEAR Chairman Lo Fu-chuan (羅福全), will deliver speeches during the opening ceremony, an AEAR official said yesterday.

During the two-day conference, academics from both countries will present eight theses concerning Taiwanese identity, Taiwan-Japan security cooperation and Taiwan's economy and education during the Japanese occupation, according to the official.

In addition, the participants will exchange views on various historical disputes in the evolution of Taiwan-Japan relations, the official said.

To further improve relations between the two countries, the official said that AEAR had set up a committee on Taiwan-Japan cultural and academic exchanges and invited more than 20 members of the public and private sectors to serve as members.

In October last year the committee invited Japan's Tokyo University and Waseda University to hold an international academic seminar on "Japanese studies of Taiwan" in an effort to boost bilateral academic exchanges, the official added.

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