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Taiwan to rename agency handling ties with Japan: Foreign Ministry
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Taipei, April 19 (CNA) The government is set to change the name of the Association of East Asian Relations to the Association of Taiwan-Japan Relations within the coming month, Foreign Minister David Lee confirmed Wednesday.

In response to lawmakers' questions during a legislative committee hearing, Lee said that a ceremony will be held to mark the change.

He made the remarks after the ministry's proposal was approved by the Executive Yuan.

The proposal to rename the Taipei-based association, which handles relations with Japan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, was broached following the renaming of the association's Japanese counterpart -- the Interchange Association -- to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association on Jan. 1, to better reflect its business duties.

Asked by lawmaker Tsai Shih-ying of the Democratic Progressive Party if the government plans to rename the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, Lee said that any such renaming will require negotiation between the two sides and that a consensus will be needed.

So far, no such consensus has been reached, Lee added.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Tokyo is Taiwan's de facto embassy in Japan. (Courtesy of CNA)