Sep 4, 2008

Taiwan Welcomes Prospect Of Aso Prime Ministership

Relations w/ Japan stable despite Fukuda resigned:MOFA
Taiwan's relations with Japan will remain stable despite the sudden resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. That's the word from Taiwan's foreign ministry on Monday.
Fukuda abruptly announced his resignation after less than a year in office. The ministry said that Taiwan appreciates Fukuda's efforts to promote ties with Taiwan. It said Japan's Taiwan policy is not expected to be affected by a leadership change.
Taro Aso, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is reported to be a likely successor to Fukuda. Taiwan's Legislative President Wang Jin-pyng said Aso has always been friendly to Taiwan. Wang said Taiwan can look forward even better relations with Japan if Aso succeeds Fukuda.
Fukuda resigned amid plunging approval ratings and frequent boycotts by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan.