TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Legislative Yuan President You Xikun said on Thursday (June 8) that Taiwan should open a ferry service to Japan’s Yonaguni Island.
According to the Central News Agency, he announced in a radio program that he would set off from Suao, Yilan County, to Yonaguni Island on July 4, with a total distance of 110 kilometers. Congressman Keiji Furuya will be there to welcome him, and they will sail together to Yilan, he said.
You describe his travel plans as “work” and eventually a “trial” for ferry service. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Communications, the government of Yilan County and the local authorities of Suao Fishing Port have all been informed and agreed to cooperate on the plan.
You, who once served as the county magistrate of Yilan County, said that many Taiwanese do not know that the Japanese territory is so close. You can even see Yonaguni from Taiwan, weather permitting, he said.
Japan’s westernmost populous island, with an area of 29 square kilometers and fewer than 2,000 inhabitants. Given its location on the country’s outskirts, it has become a key element of a military policy to strengthen the country’s defenses, given China’s aggressive posture.