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Taiwanese student missing in Japan

Staff writer, with CNA

A Taiwanese exchange student has been listed as missing by Japanese authorities, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, adding that a search has been launched for her.

Deputy Director-General of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Chou Shyue-yow (周學佑) said the student, surnamed Lu (鹿), has been put on Japan’s national missing persons list, which is circulated among all of the country’s port and border control units.

So far, there have been no reports that Lu has left Japan and the ministry has been coordinating with the Japanese search efforts, Chou said.

Earlier in the day, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) hosted a press conference in Taipei along with Lu’s grandfather, in which the lawmaker said that Lu, a student at Shu-Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, left for Kagoshima, Japan, in September last year, where she was enrolled as an exchange student at the International University of Kagoshima.

On March 20, Lu was discovered to have not returned to her dormitory, and has been missing ever since. Her student visa is to expire on Sunday, Huang said.

Although Chou said that Lu left a note saying that she had chosen to leave the dormitory, her grandfather did not believe she had left of her own volition, so he approached Huang to seek his help with the search.

Chou said the ministry would do its utmost to help in the search for Lu through its connections with the Japanese authorities.

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