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Japan Expects Deeper Friendship under Taiwan's New Leader

Japan Expects Deeper Friendship under Taiwan's New Leader

   Tokyo, May 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's top spokesman on Monday congratulated Taiwan's new leader Lai Ching-te on his presidential inauguration and expressed hope that Japan-Taiwan friendship will deepen further.
   Taiwan is an "extremely important partner and friend" of Japan, as the self-governing island and Japan share basic values and have close economic ties and personnel exchanges, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said at a press conference.
   Hayashi stressed that Japan hopes to further promote cooperation and exchanges with Taiwan.

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