Message from the Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi
My name is Mitsuo Ohashi. I was honored to be appointed as the chairman of the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association in June 2011.
Taiwan is a crucial partner and an important friend, with Japan and Taiwan enjoying an increasingly positive relationship in recent years. Following the liberalization of air transport in 2011 under the “Open Skies” accord, there has been a significant increase in scheduled air travel between Japan and Taiwan. Consequently, over six million people have traveled between Japan and Taiwan and relations between them have continued to strengthen, including ties at the local government level.
At the time of Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan received messages of support and an aid contribution in excess of 20 billion yen from Taiwan. This helped the Japanese people to appreciate the strong bond between Japan and Taiwan. Japan and Taiwan have both experienced earthquakes and natural disasters, and disaster prevention is a new area of cooperation between our Japan and Taiwan.
In 2013, Japan and Taiwan signed the Japan–Taiwan Fisheries Agreement. This marked the culmination of a difficult process requiring 17 years of high-level, broad-ranging negotiations. However, thanks to the persistence and commitment of both sides, the agreement was successfully concluded.
Japan and Taiwan enjoy a close bond of trust and friendship; our relationship has developed over the years, enabling Japan and Taiwan to assist each other in times of need as well as discuss and smoothly resolve any disagreements or differences of opinion that arise. This proud friendship is unmatched anywhere in the world. We are committed to doing everything in our power to preserve and strengthen this steadfast and unwavering relationship for future generations. Once again, I thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Message from President Yasuaki Tanizaki
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the official website of the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association.My name is Yasuaki Tanizaki, the president of the Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association.
The Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association was established in 1972 as a point of contact to maintain and develop working relations with Taiwan on behalf of the Japanese government, in place of an official diplomatic relationship. I was appointed as the President of the Association in June 2017 with the responsibility for the development of working relations with Taiwan, an important partner and friend of Japan. I am honored to have been given this opportunity and I am keenly aware of the duties that this role entails.
On January 1, 2017, the Association changed its name from “Interchange Association” to “Japan–Taiwan Exchange Association.” Adding “Japan” and “Taiwan” to the name identifies the two parties involved in the exchange and embodies the organization’s desire to fulfill its role as a bridge between Japan and Taiwan to the best of its abilities.
The Association has an exceptionally wide-ranging remit of activities including assistance and support for Japan–Taiwan exchange programs, facilitation of the development of business relationships between Japanese and Taiwanese companies, youth visit exchange initiatives, scholarships, protection of Japanese residents in Taiwan, and various consular services. As an example of this, we believe that it is vital to encourage the development of exchange activities between young individuals as a way of developing relations between Japan and Taiwan over the longer term. 2017, we launched the study abroad program for Taiwanese high school students in Japan. Meanwhile, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation, we have established a Japanese language partner scheme to support Japanese language education at high schools in Taiwan
We aim to do our utmost to further the successful development of Japan–Taiwan relations, and we look forward to your continued guidance and support.