At a press briefing held on April 20, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato commented on the raising of the Japanese national flag at the Taipei Office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association.
He noted: “We are aware the Taipei office has raised the Japanese national flag, but this is a matter that concerns an activity of a private organization. As a person representing the government, I would like to decline to comment on the details.” Japan and Taiwan do not have diplomatic ties, but the Taipei Office is equivalent to a Japanese embassy there.
On the flag-raising at the Taipei Office, former minister for abduction issue Keiji Furuya, who heads a supra-partisan parliamentary group on Taiwan, posted a message on his website on April 16 saying, “The Japanese national flag is now raised [at the Taipei Office]. It’s only natural, but the practice had been avoided out of consideration for China.”