The Result of the Presidential Election in Taiwan
(Statement by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida)
January 16, 2016
1. Ms. Tsai Ing-wen was elected in today’s presidential election in Taiwan. The Government of Japan congratulates Ms. Tsai on her victory, and praises the smooth implementation of the election which demonstrates that democracy in Taiwan has deeply taken root.
2. Taiwan is an important partner and a precious friend of Japan. We share basic values and enjoy close economic relationship and people to people exchange. The Government of Japan will work toward further deepening cooperation and exchanges between Japan and Taiwan, based on the existing position to maintain Japan-Taiwan relations as working relationship on a non-governmental basis.
3. We expect that the issue surrounding Taiwan will be resolved peacefully by direct dialogue between the concerned parties and that it will contribute to the peace and stability of the region.