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Ms. Murashiima from Japan-Taiwan Association gives a speech in NTPU

Japan has had close exchanges with Taiwan recently. In April, the newly appointed Minister of the Press and Culture Department of the Taipei Office from Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Ikura Murashima, visited NTPU. Due to that, the bridge of friendship between NTPU and the association has become more stable. Therefore, on October 26 this year, the Asian and Pan-Pacific Research Center and the Haishan Research Center invited Ms. Murashima to give a speech for our teachers and students who are interested in "Japan Taiwan Exchange Association and the recent Japan-Taiwan relations."

 

In response to the anti-epidemic policy, only 80 students can participate in person. In order to let other students take part in the event, the Research Centers used live streaming on social media to broadcast Ms. Murashima’s speech.

The keynote speech was opened by Vice President Tsai, who had had many academic exchanges with Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association during his student days. Vice President Tsai first mentioned the recent diverse interactions between Japan and Taiwan. In addition to the various government-to-government measures for epidemic prevention and agricultural product distribution, the exchanges between Taiwanese and Japanese people have not stopped due to the epidemic. He also thanked Ms. Murashima for coming to NTPU again.

 

At first, Ms. Murashima patiently asked each student about their academic experience in Chinese, and then adjusted the content of the speech according to the answers of the students. In addition to introducing the positioning and work content of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, she also shared her career story, telling audience how she become a female diplomat from a nurse. Moreover, because most students are from the department of history, when discussing the recent relations between Japan and Taiwan, Ms. Murashima specially mentioned the construction that Japan built in Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period.

 

The response from the students was also very enthusiastic. They asked many questions, such as Ms. Murashima's views on the normalization of Japan-Taiwan relations, the Japanese government's views on Taiwan's referendum on nuclear food import, and the difficulties Ms. Murashima faced as a female diplomat. When talking about the issue of food in Northeast Japan, Ms. Murashima said that regardless of the result of the referendum, the Japanese government respects the choice of the Taiwanese people. Although she has seen some scholars link the issue of food imports from Fukushima to whether Taiwan can join the CPTPP, she believes that this issue will not, and should not be the key factor that effect whether Taiwan can enter the CPTPP.

 

Finally, the speech ended successfully at 12 .