A delegation led by Masanobu Ogura, head of the Youth Division of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, arrived in Taiwan on May 3rd. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the hope in a press release that Japan would continue to support Taiwan’s membership applications for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Ogura responded that the situation in Ukraine was worrying, and the same thing would never be allowed to happen in Taiwan. He hoped Taiwan and Japan would strengthen cooperation in the future, and the Youth Division would continuously offer its support for Taiwan’s application to join the WHO and the CPTPP.
On May 4th, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi met with United States (US) Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon. Austin affirmed that the US committed to Japan’s defense. In the meeting, Kishi and Austin emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the situation around Taiwan. Contingencies in Taiwan could influence Japan’s security.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan foreign policy think tank in the US, invited Itsunori Onodera, a former defense minister, and Masahisa Sato, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, to a talk on May 3rd. The two Japanese lawmakers pointed out that Japan faced a compound situation of threats from “three potential adversaries” (North Korea, Communist China, and Russia) and claimed that the Japan Self-Defense Forces should have the ability to counterattack. At the same time, the lawmakers believed that Japan could not stay out of the way regarding the Taiwan issue. They called on the US to abandon the “strategic ambiguity” policy and actively respond to possible crises.
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