Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Closer Japan-Taiwan ties expected

l  Following the signing of an investment protection accord in September, Japan and Taiwan recently reached agreement on amendments to a bilateral aviation pact.

l It was an open skies agreement that no longer places restrictions on the number of airlines or weekly flights operating between the two sides. In addition, the latest open skies agreement makes passenger and cargo services more convenient, further tightening the economic and cultural links between Japan and Taiwan.

l  Japanese and Taiwanese air carriers that have serviced the various routes between the two sides have all welcomed the open skies agreement. There are plans already for Taiwanese air carriers to offer more flights to popular destinations, including Kagoshima and Shizuoka Prefecture, possibly by the first quarter of next year. Under the new agreement, the number of visitors traveling both ways is expected to increase significantly.

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