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Tokyo-based NGO planning Taiwan office
Central News Agency
2014-02-16 10:06 AM
Taipei, Feb. 16 (CNA) A representative of a Tokyo-based non-government organization for humanitarian assistance is scheduled to visit Taiwan later this month to explore the possibility of opening an office in Taiwan, a local official said. Kazuo Tsurumi from Plan Japan is set to visit Taiwan Feb. 23-27 to discuss issues on how the government here can cooperate with private groups on international humanitarian assistance, said Charles Li, deputy director-general of the Department of NGO International Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Tsurumi will call on officials from the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Li said. Plan Japan hopes to set up the Taiwan office to strengthen bilateral exchanges, so Tsurumi's visit is also aimed at exploring this angle, Li said. Plan Japan is the Japanese chapter of Plan, which is an international humanitarian, child-centered development organization. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Plan is among the world's oldest and largest children's development organizations. It has a presence in around 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, with the aim of promoting child rights and lifting children out of poverty. (By Elaine Hou)
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