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Ex-President Lee Teng-hui planning to visit Japan in June

2018/05/27 17:31:25

Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝, second right)/CNA file photo

Taipei, May 27 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) is planning to visit Japan next month to attend the unveiling of a monument in commemoration of Taiwanese who died in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, his office said Sunday.

He is also scheduled to give a speech at the ceremony on June 24, his office director Wang Yan-chun (王燕軍) said.

The 95-year-old former president was invited to the ceremony by a Japan-Taiwan peace foundation in Naha, Okinawa, and will visit from June 22-26, if his health permits, Wang confirmed in the wake of a report on the matter by Japan's Sankei Shimbun.

If Lee makes the trip, he will meet with members of an association of his friends in Japan and attend a forum for Japan-based Taiwanese, according to Sankei Shimbun.

The details of the trip are still being planned, Wang said, reiterating that it all depends on Lee's health.

If Lee makes the trip, it will be his ninth visit to Japan since his presidency ended in 2000. His last visit to the neighboring country was in July 2016.

(By Ku Chuan, Kelven Huang and Evelyn Kao)