Former-president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is to begin on a six-day tour of Japan today taking him to Tokyo, Sendai and Japan’s northern Fukushima Prefecture, which was devastated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, his office said yesterday.
Lee, 92, is scheduled to spend the first three days in Tokyo, where he is to speak at the Diet Building on Wednesday and attend a banquet hosted by the Friends of Lee Teng-hui Association in Japan.
Lee is also to give a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Thursday before attending a banquet hosted by Diet members.
Lee is to visit a hospital in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, on Friday, staying in Sendai that night.
On Saturday, he is to visit Zuiganji, a Zen temple in Matsushima before attending a banquet in Miyagi Prefecture.
On Sunday he is to go to Millennium Hope Hills, a seaside park in Iwanuma City, Miyagi, where people can pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the 2011 disaster.
Lee, who served as president from January 1988 to May 2000, is scheduled to return home on Sunday.
It will be his seventh visit to Japan since he left office. Lee last visited Japan in September last year.
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