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Lee Teng-hui visits Okinawa’s Ishigaki

Staff writer, with CNA

Former president Lee Teng-hui is supported by an aide yesterday as he is greeted by supporters at the southern Japanese island of Ishigaki.

Photo: Su Fang-ho, Taipei Times

Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) yesterday arrived in the southern Japanese island of Ishigaki for a visit to promote bilateral exchanges, marking his eighth visit to Japan since stepping down as president in 2000.

Lee, traveling with his wife and family members, was greeted by Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama and other officials of the local government at the airport.

Taiwan’s representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) was also there to receive Lee and his delegation.

Invited by an association of mayors from prefectures in Japan, Lee is scheduled to give a speech on a new model of Taiwan-Japan exchanges from the perspective of the development of Okinawa Prefecture’s Ishigaki Island.

After he arrived on Ishigaki, he visited a monument built in memory of Taiwanese farmers who moved to Ishigaki to reclaim the land there for cultivation.

During the Japanese colonial period from 1895 to 1945, many Taiwanese farmers moved to Ishigaki, about 250km east of Taiwan, to work and to lay the foundations of the island’s pineapple industry.

Lee visited Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, in 2008, but this was his first visit to Ishigaki.

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