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Taiwanese diplomat in Japan commits suicide in wake of criticism

2018/09/14 13:26:01

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) The head of Taiwan's representative office in Osaka, Japan committed suicide early Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in statement.

Su Chii-cherng (蘇啟誠), 61, who assumed the post in July, was found dead by hanging at his residence in Osaka, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) has traveled to Osaka from Tokyo to deal with the aftermath of the incident, the sources said.

Expressing its deep sorrow and condolences over his death, the foreign ministry said Su worked hard, was devoted to his duties and performed admirably during his career as a diplomat.

Su's death happened just a day before the heads of Taiwan's six offices in Japan are scheduled to meet in Osaka to review the behavior of officials stationed in the country who have been criticized for their handling of Taiwanese nationals' requests for assistance during the closure of Kansai International Airport last week.

Staff at the representative office in Osaka were blasted on social media for being reluctant to help Taiwanese in Osaka after flooding caused by Typhoon Jebi led to the closure of Kansai International Airport on Sept. 4.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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