Taiwan’s former vice president to visit Japan

05-Dec-2016 Intellasia | CNA | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Taiwan’s former vice President Wu Den-yih will set off on Saturday for a week-long visit to Japan, his second overseas trip since stepping down in May, Wu’s office said.

Wu was invited by groups of Taiwanese compatriots living in Tokyo to make the trip, during which he will be accompanied by his wife Tsai Ling-yi, the office said Friday.

According to the itinerary published by Wu’s office, Wu and his wife will fly to Tokyo on Saturday, and will engage in private tours in the first two days of their trip there.

From December 4-8, the couple will attend a forum at the Yokohama branch office of Taiwan’s opposition Kuomintang (KMT) and visit the Tokyo National Museum, the KMT’s Tokyo branch office and Tokyo Skytree skyscraper.

On the last day of the trip on December 9, Wu and his wife will attend a dinner party hosted by Taiwanese compatriot groups in Tokyo.

The couple will return to Taiwan that day, Wu’s office said.

It will be Wu’s second overseas trip since he stepped down as vice president on May 20. He paid a three-week visit to the United States in September and October.

The visits must have an approval from the Presidential Office based on the Classified National Security Information Protection Act and travel regulations regarding personnel who had access to classified information.

Under the 2003 act, former presidents, vice presidents, premiers and government ministers with classified status are required to gain government approval for overseas travel up to three years after leaving office.

The Japan trip has been given the green light by the Presidential Office, Wu’s office said, noting that it will be a simple visit without meetings with Japanese officials, speeches or fund-raising activities.



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