Facing a Mutual Threat, Japan and Taiwan Look to Deepen Ties

Facing a Mutual Threat, Japan and Taiwan Look to Deepen Ties
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio at a news conference in Tokyo, Oct. 14, 2021 (pool photo by Eugene Hoshiko via AP).

In 1997, a group of lawmakers from the youth division of Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party paid a visit to Taiwan. The evening reception got boozy, as the hosts repeatedly raised their cups and called upon their guests to join them in draining the contents in one gulp, accompanied by the customary toast of kan pei, which literally means “dry glass.” The head of the LDP delegation was none other than Abe Shinzo, who had just been elected to Japan’s legislature, the Diet, four years earlier and would go on to become the country’s longest-serving prime minister. Abe is known to imbibe […]

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