All Sunday papers ran extensive front- and inside-page reports on the victory of Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), in the Taiwan presidential election on Saturday. Mainichi conjectured that Tsai will likely review President Ma’s pro-China policy and that tensions could rise in East Asia as a result. Yomiuri wrote that Taiwan’s pro-China policy under President Ma will be reviewed, speculating that cross-strait relations could become unstable following the victory of the DPP because China may increase its pressure on Taipei.
The papers quoted a statement issued by Foreign Minister Kishida on Saturday: “We congratulate DPP President Tsai on her victory. Taiwan is an important partner that shares basic values with Japan. Japan will work toward further deepening cooperation and exchanges with Taiwan on a nongovernmental basis.”