Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates after her landslide victory over pro-Beijing candidate Han Kuo-yu in presidential elections on January 11. Photo: EPA-EFE

As Japan welcomes Taiwan’s election result, Abe also wary of upsetting Beijing

  • Japan has described Taiwan as a ‘special friend’ but PM Shinzo Abe is walking a tightrope as he strengthens ties with mainland China
  • Taiwanese people, especially younger generations, have a soft spot for Japan, which has for decades been a welcoming and supportive neighbour
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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen celebrates after her landslide victory over pro-Beijing candidate Han Kuo-yu in presidential elections on January 11. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.