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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

DIPLOMACY

Abe aide to raise food issues

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked a close aide to discuss the safety of Japanese food with Taiwanese officials when the latter visits Taipei on Wednesday, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday. The newspaper said Abe met with his special adviser, Koichi Hagiuda, on Friday and asked him to brief Taiwan on the safety of Japanese food. Abe said Taiwan stepped up its restrictions on imported Japanese foodstuffs because of a misunderstanding, and he hoped the strict rules would not affect good bilateral relations. After the meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the wake of an earthquake on March 11, 2011, Taiwan banned foods from several nuclear-affected Japanese prefectures. The restrictions were tightened earlier this year after food items from those prefectures were discovered to have entered Taiwanese supermarkets because of fake labeling. The government has passed new regulations requiring that certain teas, baby foods, dairy products and marine products from some areas of Japan must have radiation inspection certificates in order to be imported into Taiwan. The new measure takes effect on May 15.

SOCIETY

UK to host expo pavilion

The British Trade and Cultural Office will host a pavilion at the Creative Expo in Taipei to showcase UK fashion and also seek to boost bilateral business links. The UK pavilion will present works by three Taiwanese designers who have established their own brands in the UK after studying there — Chen Shao-yen (陳劭彥), Apu Jan (詹朴) and Liu Mei-hui (劉美惠) — as well as jewelry and shoes of two British brands, Tatty Devine and Natacha Marro London, the trade office said. The Creative Expo will run from Wednesday to May 4 at Taipei Expo Park, Huashan 1914 Creative Park and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Works by designers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, China, Singapore and Malaysia are to be highlighted at the event, the expo organizers said.

ATHLETICS

Cheerleaders win gold

A Taiwanese team on Thursday won a gold medal at the 2015 World Cheerleading Championships in Florida, the first by a Taiwanese group in a major international cheerleading tournament. The team of about 20 young men and women won the Coed Premier event of the championships at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, beating teams from the US, Finland and seven other countries. Taiwanese teams also finished seventh in the Freestyle Pom Doubles event, 12th in the Hip Hop Doubles event, 11th in the Team Cheer Freestyle Pom event and ninth in the Team Cheer Hip Hop event. The Chinese Taipei Cheerleading Association said Taiwan has participated in the Coed Premier event for the past five years.

DIPLOMACY

Slovakia inks science pact

Taiwan and Slovakia have signed a new agreement aimed at furthering cooperation in science and technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The signing was completed on Wednesday and the agreement took effect immediately, the ministry said in a statement. Following a 1996 agreement on cooperation in science, the new agreement will help advance bilateral cooperation in science and technology through expanding exchanges between research institutes and universities on both sides and establishing a platform for technological cooperation, the ministry said.

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