On July 8, Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated while giving a speech on the street. This event shocked the world. His family will hold Abe’s funeral on July 12. In harmony with the significant loss to Japan and the world, Taiwanese media reported that Taiwan’s Vice President Lai QingDe visited Japan to pay his respects. Lai Qingde is Taiwan’s highest-level special envoy to visit Japan since the two countries severed diplomatic relations 50 years ago.
In response, Chinese media Sina reported sarcastically, “Corrupt nation element,” Lai QingDe came to present condolences to the family.
Taiwan media said, “This is also the most important breakthrough since Japan and Taiwan severed diplomatic ties 50 years ago in 1972.
Sina retorted, “The frog media said that it “is Lai QingDe’s private journey,” adding, “The truth that the yellow media will not tell.”
The truth that the yellow media will not tell
In Hong Kong, democracy supporters fight against Beijing, they classify pro-democracy media organizations as yellow media, and yellow-marked businesses in Hong Kong will be understood as supporting the democratic movement.
The account @mingleili retweeted Sina’s article and commented: “Sina is the only party that has reported! But Sina is lying to everyone! Lai Qingde, as vice president of Taiwan, came to Japan with a Taiwanese diplomatic delegation to pay his respects to Prime Minister Abe! To put it bluntly, there is already a sense of anxiety (implying the Chinese authoritarian regime).”
In this regard, Taiwan’s Newtalk quoted Akio Yaita, the Director of the Taipei branch of Japan’s “Sankei Shimbun,” pointing out on his personal social media site that this move will inevitably lead to the CCP’s fierce opposition. At the same time, the visit by Lai Qingde also shows that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is not afraid of the CCP’s repression and intimidation.
In addition, the South Korean Prime Minister will also lead other officials to attend Abe’s national funeral, and former U.S. President Trump will also consider attending in person. For Taiwan, Mr. Lai Qingde will go to Japan. Some Japanese media quickly took some pictures of Mr. Lai Qingde entering Mr. Abe’s house to attend the funeral.
Mr. Akio Yaita said that Japan and Taiwan do not have official diplomatic relations, and the president, vice president, legislative Director, and foreign minister of Taiwan are not allowed to visit Japan. However, the Japanese government suddenly granted a visa to visit Japan for Mr. Lai Qingde, and he suddenly appeared on the streets of Tokyo to present condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Abe. “This is the most important diplomatic breakthrough since Japan and Taiwan severed diplomatic ties 50 years ago in 1972, and it is bound to attract fierce protests from the CCP,” Mr. Akio Yaita commented.
He also pointed out that the Liberal Democratic Party, led by Mr. Fumio Kishida, won a significant victory in the presidential election on July 11. In addition, Lai Qingde was granted a visa shortly after applying to visit Japan, indicating that Japan is not afraid of offending the CCP. “This also shows that Prime Minister Kishida not only inherits the policy of support of former Prime Minister Abe, proving that the Taiwan-Japan relationship has come a long way.”
Akio Yaita said that after the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe, the country and people in Taiwan deeply mourned Mr. Abe, which deepened the Japanese people’s sense of closeness to Taiwan. However, under the pressure of public opinion, the Japanese government will also obey the people. Mr. Akio Yaita said: “Thank you, Prime Minister Kishida, for your wise decision. In Heaven, receiving the personal farewell of Vice President Lai, former Prime Minister Abe will also feel relieved.”
Regarding Mr. Lai Qingde’s visit to Japan, according to RFA, the Taiwan President’s Office had no comment or explanation on the itinerary involved. However, the Office said, “Vice President Lai has been friends with former Prime Minister Abe for many years. Moreover, this friendship contributes to better and better ties between Taiwan and Japan.”