The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday demanded Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) apologize for a newspaper report that said Ma had met with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe during his trip to Japan early last month when Abe has reportedly denied such a meeting. A report in the Chinese-language China Times said Ma gained support from Abe and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso and that the two men had criticized President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in their conversations with Ma. Japan's Sankei Shimbun, however, it said Ma had not met with Abe, but just had a 10-minute telephone conversation with him. It also said the Japanese officials had not criticized Chen. Ma denied any responsibility for the China Times' story because how the media reported his trip was not under his control. But DPP spokesman Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said "Ma should either come forward to condemn the incorrect report, or he should make an apology and punish whoever leaked the wrong message."