It seems that Japan and Taiwan’s agreement for fishing in the waters of the controversial East China Sea islands that Japan nationalized last year is paving the way for more agreements to be worked out between the two Asian nations. Taiwan and Japan will sign new agreements covering e-commerce and patents in Taipei on Tuesday, in a sign of closer ties between the countries. Other new agreements include pharmaceutical codes, railway cooperation and maritime and airborne search and rescue.
“These agreements will certainly further broaden and consolidate the ties with Japan,” said Taiwanese foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao on Sunday. Japanese entities had filed more than 10,000 patent applications with Taiwanese authorities each year, compared with around 3,000 patent applications Taiwan sought with Japan, government figures showed. A patent agreement would be a boon to the two technologically-inclined countries and the industries that they are nurturing. The relations between Taiwan and Japan seem to be on a high that a number of analysts have been speculating that a tax and economic cooperation agreement may be in the works. Kao would not comment on the said reports.
Japan and Taiwan had initially forged a much-anticipated agreement in April that allows Taiwanese fishermen to harvest fish from waters off East China Sea islands called Senkaku by the Japanese. The Taiwanese government had hailed the fishing pact as a milestone in ties with Tokyo, although Beijing voiced concerns over the deal with Taiwan, which it still considers part of its territory. Under the agreement, Taiwanese fishermen will be able to operate in an overlapping 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone claimed by Taipei, Tokyo and Beijing.