Taiwan Today: Top Japanese envoy to stay in post, seek ‘justice’ for ex-Osaka head

Taiwan's top representative to Japan Frank Hsieh has come under heavy criticism from netizens and the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) for the emergency aid provided by the Osaka office at Kansai International Airport earlier this month, amid flooding.

Top Japanese envoy to stay in post, seek ‘justice’ for ex-Osaka head

Taiwan’s top representative to Japan on Wednesday said he will stay in his post and work to make public the facts leading up to the death of the nation’s head diplomat in Osaka who committed suicide last Friday, allegedly as a result of criticism he received over his office’s post-flood emergency assistance to Taiwan nationals.

Speaking at a press event in Tokyo on Wednesday morning, Representative Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said he will not consider stepping down for the time being as he has a lot of work to do, including putting the record straight. Hsieh said he believes Su Chii-cherng (蘇啓誠) committed suicide due to the criticism he received and said he was heartbroken over the death, adding that some of the news spread after the flood was “fake,” with much of it little more than rumors originating in China.

Taiwan charity group helps flood victims in Cambodia

The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the largest charitable organizations in Taiwan, recently provided relief aid to flood victims in Cambodia, distributing food to nearly 3,000 households, according to a statement from the foundation Wednesday.

In collaboration with local authorities, Tzu Chi volunteers visited flood victims on several occasions in July and August in the wake of flooding along the Mekong River caused by a dam failure in Laos and heavy rain brought by the earlier-than-expected seasonal monsoon at the end of July, the statement said.

Tang Prize laureate encourages Taiwan on transitional justice

The founding justice of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, Albie Sachs, shared the gains his country has made through transitional justice Tuesday in Taipei, encouraging Taiwan to press ahead with addressing the past legacy of rights violations, which he said is crucial to moving the country forward.

“It would be very sad if the political conflicts of today resulted in destroying the chances of finding about the truth of the past,” Sachs said when talking to local experts and reporters following a speech about how the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) pursued transitional justice.

South African Albie Sachs, a former judge and anti-apartheid activist. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Yilan reports second case of imported dengue fever

Yilan County confirmed Wednesday the county’s second case of imported dengue fever this year, in a Filipino fisherman who had recently returned to Taiwan following a trip to his home country, according to the county’s Public Health Bureau.

The fisherman was found upon his arrival at the airport Saturday to have a high fever and was asked to give a blood sample, which tested positive for the disease Monday, the bureau said.