Mon, Jan 25, 2016 - Page 3 News List

Ko has much to discuss with new Tsai government

Staff writer, with CNA

Before heading off to Japan on a seven-day trip, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he has a slew of issues to discuss with the nation’s next government, including the contentious issue of relocating Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport).

Noting that the relocation of the airport is one of his administration’s established policies, Ko said he plans to meet with president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after he returns home to discuss several topics.

Responding to criticism that he has made improper remarks about controversial political issues unrelated to his job, Ko said that he agreed it is the Taipei mayor’s responsibility to reduce traffic jams in the city, while it is the president’s responsibility to deal with political issues in the nation.

Ko is leading a delegation of city officials on a trip that is to take from to Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and the island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea. It is third visit to Japan since he took office in 2014.

Ko said that he would meet with Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe and other city officials during the delegation’s four-day stay in the Japanese capital, and would visit the Tokyo Dome and various transportation facilities to learn about the city’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games and other international sporting events.

Taipei is getting ready to host the 29th Summer Universiade next year.

The delegation is also scheduled to visit cultural facilities as well as senior care centers and nursing homes and earthquake disaster prevention centers to see what they can learn.

On Thursday, Ko is to head to Yokohama, one of Taipei’s partner cities.

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