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Japan’s Taiwan-relations organization renamed

  • December 28, 2016
  • , Yomiuri evening edition , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

The Interchange Association, the Japanese organization that acts as the counterpart of Taiwan’s Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, announced on Dec. 28 that it will rename itself effective Jan. 1. The new name will be “Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association.” The Interchange Association was established at the time of the severance of Japan-Taiwan diplomatic relations in 1972 for the purpose of taking over working-level functions in relations between the two countries. Its name had been unchanged since then.

 

Until now, Japan had refrained from including “Japan” in the title of an organization that deals with Taiwan, out of concern that its inclusion would cause friction in its relationship with China, which upholds to the principle of “One China.”

 

The change of name aims to play up for both domestic and international audiences the strengthening of ties between Japan and Taiwan.

 

Japanese diplomats work at the association’s Taipei office, which serves as a de facto embassy.

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