Japan’s Local Governors’ Alliance Pushes Japan’s Taiwan Relations Act


The taiwan-Japan Security Partnership Forum, the first of its kind, was held by video on January 18. The highlight of the video conference was the discussion of promoting the enactment of a Japanese version of the so-called “Taiwan Relations Law.”In fact, at a meeting held by local leaders at the end of last year, there was a call for the enactment of a Japanese version of the “Taiwan Relations Law”. Such a strong call from the bottom up (at the grassroots level) and up (at the central level) is quite suggestive of “leading the wind”, which is worth exploring.The Taiwan-Japan Security Partnership Forum was initiated by Wang Dingyu, a democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Council of Taiwan. Zhao Tianlin, a DPP legislator, and Lin Jingyi, who was recently elected as a legislator for the second constituency of Taichung city, also participated in the forum.The Japanese side was initiated by Yasuhide Nakayama, former deputy defense minister of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and hiroaki Tahatata, current vice minister of internal affairs and Communications, also attended the discussion.The two sides exchanged views extensively on political, economic and security issues, Taiwan’s international participation and strengthening taiwan-Japan cooperation.In a video conference, Zhao tianlin claimed that when Sino-Japanese relations were normalized 50 years ago, pro-China forces in the Foreign Ministry had high expectations of the Chinese mainland, which is the origin of many “unreasonable frameworks” for the current taiwan-Japan exchanges.”But the mood is completely different now that the number of sister cities between Taiwan and Japan has exceeded 140, and Japanese politicians can now also lead the Japanese bureaucracy out of the misjudgment of the 1972 Sino-Japanese joint declaration.”He claimed that if the Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Act succeeds, it will enable Taiwan and Japan to compare their exchanges with normal countries and regions, break through the “unequal restrictions” of previous exchanges at various levels, and make positive contributions to the management of “Taiwan and Japan friendship from generation to generation”.On the other hand, it also told the mainland that “the cost of changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait must be very high and should not be attempted lightly”.Nakayama said there were discussions among younger members of the LIBERAL Democratic Party and even a study group on the so-called “Taiwan Relations Law.”He and Nobuo Kishi, former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s brother and now defense minister, also had discussions before taking over as minister.Nakayama believes that the time is ripe to enact a Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Law. He hopes to discuss and sort out various fields of culture and economy on the basis of the unchanged policy of the Japanese government and prepare to propose a bill.The call of Japanese political circles to promote the enactment of a Japanese version of the Taiwan Relations Law was already made at the inaugural meeting of the Japan-Taiwan Co-prosperity Chiefs’ Alliance on December 23 last year.There is no doubt that the pro-Taiwan political group, which consists of some of Japan’s municipal and village heads, currently includes 127 local heads.On the day of the inaugural meeting, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message. Sanae Takaichi, chairman of the LDP’s Policy Policy Committee, Keiji Furuya, chairman of the Japan-China Lawmakers’ Meeting, Minoru Kihara, Secretary general of the LDP’s Affairs Bureau, and Lee Shi-bing, Taiwan’s deputy representative to Japan attended the congratulatory message.League sponsor representative, ishikawa prefecture extras mayor gong yuan lu, said that the government should make laws is congress’s job, but couldn’t make such a law in the day of arrival, in view of the status quo of rising tensions in the Taiwan strait, so Japan where the head of the commune to stand up, looking forward to can urge the government legislation.”Co-prosperity, Taiwan governor alliance” is a regional governors formed political groups, for pushing for Japanese version of “the Taiwan relations act” to play how old influence, it is not yet known, but from shinzo Abe pro hair message, pro-taiwan stance and Abe consistent high city early seedling to attend and deliver a speech, and the house, the department of Japanese heavyweight politicians to attend, don’t talk to yu the importance of the alliance.The members of the Japan-Taiwan Co-prosperity Chief Alliance are all current heads of cities and villages, and their political strength is not necessarily comparable to that of members of the National Assembly, but they are the real power closest to the grassroots politics in Japan. Therefore, the establishment of such a political group is also intended to show the pro-Taiwan grassroots public opinion.On October 31 last year, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won the parliamentary election, and Fumio Kishida became the 101st prime minister. However, Kishida’s personality is not decisive like Abe’s, and he has a tough attitude toward the Chinese mainland, but it is still difficult to dispel Abe’s doubts that Kishida is difficult to make decisions at critical moments.Therefore, get backed Mr Abe, co-prosperity chief alliance, is through the local executive power at the grass-roots level, shaping out resolutely against the strength, purpose is to “place surrounded by the central and local pull the central and the local guide central”, from the bottom up “with the wind”, across the field to develop “the Taiwan relations act” to form a cabinet have to the pressure of the legislation.The enactment of the Japanese Version of the “Taiwan Relations Act” will become a hot topic between Taiwan and Japan, which is actually related to the general climate of “fighting Against China and protecting Taiwan”. To what extent this wind can be driven, it is by no means possible for 127 members of the current ALLIANCE to contribute. Therefore, the direction to be observed in the future is as follows:Whether the alliance has increased its numbers, intensified its efforts to pass the Taiwan Relations Act, or otherwise lobbied lawmakers to support legislation.Source: Huaxia Jingwei Network

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