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will create the post of a senior official who will exclusively deal with issues related to Taiwan as tensions between the self-ruled democratic island and China escalate.

It won't hard to find senior people since in many offices in Japan, always have senior people that in really need for position.

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Oh no, c'mon, not another "post" (=cushy seat)!

Another x-amount of staff! Another xx-amount of wasted tax money!

Can't this be handled by the foreign ministry?

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Many Japanese don’t know or would prefer not to know but the Senkaku Islands are also claimed by Taiwan. In fact, Taiwan was the first country to raise claims to the islands in 1970. China followed suit in 1971.

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A nice step towards supporting Taiwan…..Now what are they going to call such a post.

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Japan is boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics with USA.

Really? First I have heard of that. Can you provide a source?

As far as I know they are sending "dignitaries", unlike Australia, the US, NZ or UK. Xi did not attend the Tokyo Olympics so it was never going to be the PM anyway.

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MeiyouwentiToday  08:36 am JST

Many Japanese don’t know or would prefer not to know but the Senkaku Islands are also claimed by Taiwan. In fact, Taiwan was the first country to raise claims to the islands in 1970. China followed suit in 1971.

That is correct. But Taiwan claimed them for access to fishing resources. Eventually Taiwan and Japan reached a fishing agreement that satisfied both parties. However, China took advantage of Taiwan's claim and made it their own (on the grounds that Taiwan is theirs). And China's objective unlike Taiwan's, is strategic. It would help the Chinese PLA Navy break the first island chain and get out to the Pacific to challenge the dominant position of the United States Navy. It would also further China's position towards possible action towards Taiwan and Okinawa.

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Hmm, this seems to be another Abe's faction machination.

As long as it stays as just a post, it would be no issue.

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Did Taiwan ask for this? Really. Taiwan and it's relations with PROC is non of Japans business.

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Japan's Foreign Ministry said Friday it will create the post of a senior official who will exclusively deal with issues related to Taiwan as tensions between the self-ruled democratic island and China escalate.

The creation of the new post in the ministry's First China and Mongolia Division... 

The senior diplomat will be in charge of work such as collecting information on the Taiwan Strait situation and increased exchanges between Taiwanese high-ranking officials and their European and U.S. counterparts, according to the ministry.

Essentially just a reshuffling of seats within the 外務省 (Gaimusho) as the job is already being done.

The ministry revealed the plan at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Foreign Affairs Division, according to Masahisa Sato, a House of Councillors lawmaker.

Read: the Liberal Democratic Party's Foreign Affairs Division asked the Gaimusho to reshuffle the seats because they want to, you know, like, look tough on China blablabla...

Make it easier to understand and "punchier" by creating a Winnie-the-Pooh desk in the Gaimusho, that will "teach Xi a lesson" (sigh).

A non-news telling more about bloated egos more than anything else.

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When reading some comments, I believe that some people misunderstand the situation.

We are talking about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organization, not the Minister heading the organization and not about creating an additional Ministry (e.g. northern territories, abductees and other cushy seat positions with big budgets)

Here is the details of the Gaimusho organization:

https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/annai/honsho/sosiki/asia.html

They have 2 departments covering China and Mongolia divisions 中国・モンゴル第一課 and 中国・モンゴル第二課 which both cover: China and Mongolia with Mongolia covering also for Hong-Kong, Taiwan and Macao).

Essentially, they are taking some people out from only the First Division's Mongolia (plus HK, Taiwain and Macao)'s desk and make Taiwan a separate desk. But ultimately the staff already exists, so do work stations, office supplies and related budget.

As we are closing "budgeting season" and like all other Agencies and Ministries, the Gaimusho has decided upon a number of hires (mostly new graduates in spring, plus some mid-career professionals to round things up) with new graduates mostly being hired as standard yearly increases (read: their final landing places in the organizations still being "to be determined later"). Any person having worked in the public sector will confirm that this is yearly standard procedure, not only in Japan.

As such, I would expect 1,2,3 new hires to join the "Taiwan"-desk which will run with an additional few career staff currently working in the First Division. Internally, a career staff is most likely to be promoted to leader of the new team.

As this impacts only one of the 2 Divisions, it is pretty much "much ado about nothing"as in times of crisis (confessional violence in India, conflict in South Sudan, evacuation of Japanese nationals from Wuhan during COVID, etc, etc, etc) staff is already shifted from one desk or from one team under a desk to another. With some crisis lasting months or years, it makes sense to create a dedicated desk to deal with them at least for the time being. Actually, TBH I am surprised that no HK-dedicated desk was created over the last 2 years...

As per the above, it is doubtful that there will be any major budget increases as everything is already covered by the Gaimusho's budget (e.g. current / new staff, logistics, etc). For this newly created desk, I would expect the biggest budget increase to be a dedicated fax-machine or two with a panel reading "For Taiwan-related matter use only" as well as a panel "Taiwan desk" dangling from the ceiling above the new team and nothing more...

Again, much ado about nothing as these org-changes happen on a regular basis as dictated by the events in the world.

So why even report on that...?

Well, Kyodo's job being to act as a mouthpiece for the government, here you have it. Ultimately, it's just about satisfying a few oyajis' egos in the tit-for-that relationship that currently exists between China and Japan. Why acting as an adult and just do what needs to be done and be done with it when you can brag about it like a child and do childish Banzai-posturing?

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so a new post to throw all the blame of not doing anything about it? what is the point if Japan can't even treat Taiwan as a country?

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@blue

That's good news, so it's a nothing burger then.

Thanks for the report.

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A good place to train diplomats for future postings to a Japanese embassy in Taiwan. When Taiwan eventually gets treated as the nation it is, Japan will be well placed to have knowledgeable people to dispatch there earlier than most. That is how it should be as Taiwan is a close neighbor.

Good move Japan.

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MeiyouwentiToday  08:36 am JST

Many Japanese don’t know or would prefer not to know but the Senkaku Islands are also claimed by Taiwan. In fact, Taiwan was the first country to raise claims to the islands in 1970. China followed suit in 1971.

Most Japanese right-wing supporters forget Taiwan stole multiple technology from Japanese industry and to tell you the truth they are not much different than china, south korea...

They fuc.. up with the Japanese chip business.

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@thaonephil

so a new post to throw all the blame of not doing anything about it? what is the point if Japan can't even treat Taiwan as a country?

OK, we got it, "Japan is bad". Then what exactly Japan should do about Taiwan? How does your country "treat Taiwan as a country"?

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Do NOT poke the Bear.

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