Japan and Taiwan: Diplomacy Without Diplomats

Japan and Taiwan have had no official diplomatic relations since 1972. Instead, citizens on both sides have taken the lead in building a strong relationship of friendship and trust.

Japanese Artists in Taiwan: A Reciprocal Love AffairBaba Masaki

In recent years, growing numbers of Japanese actors and musicians have been building careers in Taiwan. Taipei-based musician Baba Masaki explores the historical and cultural background to this latest Japanese migration.
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Taiwan’s Complicated Love Affair With JapanHari Kyōko

In the late 1990s, a new group of “super fans” of Japanese culture began to emerge in Taiwan. Hari Kyōko, one of the movement’s leading figures, tells the story.
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Japan and Taiwan: Officially Strangers, Unofficially FriendsKawashima Shin

Surveys regularly show that many Taiwanese people feel a deep affinity with Japan. The close relationship was reflected in Taiwan’s ¥20 billion contribution to recovery in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011. And yet there are no formal diplomatic ties between Tokyo and Taipei. What accounts for the good relationship?
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Former Child Workers from Taiwan Preserve the Memory of Their Time in JapanHitoto Tae

An invitation from a friend introduces Hitoto Tae, the daughter of a Taiwanese father and a Japanese mother, to men from Taiwan who served as child workers in Japan’s wartime armament factories.
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