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Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko makes brief visit to Taiwan

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko makes brief visit to Taiwan

2024-02-07

The governor of Tokyo flew in to Taiwan on Wednesday for a one-day whirlwind visit. Governor Koike Yuriko arrived before daybreak and spent the day meeting top central government officials, including President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te. She also met Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an for talks on city governance.

Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an presents a dragon statuette as a gift to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko. The leaders of the two capital cities held talks behind closed doors, focusing on city governance.

Koike Yuriko
Tokyo governor
The 21st century has been dubbed the century of cities. By connecting with other cities, we can tackle common problems, such as flooding and earthquakes. These city-to-city ties are very significant for disaster prevention work.

Chiang Wan-an
Taipei mayor
After Governor Koike took office, Tokyo introduced egg freezing subsidies. The policy was very well received. Last year, 7,000 women applied for the subsidies. We exchanged views on policies like this. The relevant government departments will stay in communication, so that we can learn more about Tokyo’s experience implementing the policy.

Koike’s one-day visit began when she landed in Taiwan at 4 a.m. She had lunch with Taiwan-Japan Relations Association Chair Su Jia-chyuan. In the afternoon, she met with Taipei Mayor Chiang Wan-an, Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang, President Tsai Ing-wen, and Vice President Lai Ching-te.

The 71-year-old Koike has a unique personal background. Her father was a foreign trade merchant specializing in oil products. Koike obtained her bachelor’s degree in Egypt. She speaks fluent Arabic and English and previously worked as an interpreter, journalist, news anchor and presenter.

She entered politics in 1992. In 2007, she joined Abe Shinzo’s cabinet as the first female minister of defense. In 2016, she was elected Tokyo governor, becoming the first woman to lead the city. She had a close friendship with late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui, who she referred to as her Taiwanese father.

Koike has visited Taiwan on many occasions. During the pandemic, she showed great support for Taiwan, and even appeared in a public service announcement speaking Taiwanese.

For more than 50 years, Koike has been a close ally of Taiwan. Her pro-Taiwan stance has endeared her to the island’s public, while further deepening bilateral ties.

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會見小池百合子互贈禮物還玩自拍 閉門會談聚焦市政議題

2024-02-07

日本政界有名的親台派,東京都知事小池百合子,週三旋風訪台,下午會見台北市長蔣萬安,針對市政議題進行閉門會談。

台北市長蔣萬安送上小小的龍型雕像,給遠道而來的東京都知事小池百合子當作禮物,台日2位最大都會區首長閉門會談,聚焦市政議題。

[[東京都知事 小池百合子]]
“21世紀被認為是以都市為主的世紀,我們可以透過都市連結,解決共通課題,特別是水災、地震,防災的部分,這樣的都市連結是非常有意義的。”

[[台北市長 蔣萬安]]
“(小池百合子)上任之後,推動凍卵補助政策,執行成效得到很大的迴響,去年1年下來,有7000位女性申請,我們就這個議題交換意見,接下來相關局處會對接,進一步了解東京執行政策的經驗。”

小池百合子一日快閃,凌晨4點多抵台,陸續與台日關係協會會長蘇嘉全午餐,下午陸續會見蔣萬安、數發部長唐鳳、晉見總統蔡英文、副總統賴清德等等,行程滿檔。

71歲的小池百合子,其實有著超狂家世背景。父親是經營石油生意,千金大小姐的她,還去埃及念大學,通曉阿拉伯語及英語,曾擔任翻譯、新聞記者、主播及節目主持人。

小池百合子1992年踏入政壇,2007年在安倍內閣,成為日本首位女性防衛大臣。2016年當選東京都知事,也是女性第一人。還與已故總統李登輝情如父女。

她過去多次訪台,也曾為了防疫,講台語,展現對台友好。

與台灣相交超過50年,小池百合子的親台作風,深得台灣人心,也讓台日關係更加緊密。

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