Are many high-ranking Taiwan government officials secretly Japanese spies?!
Take a look at the latest viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Taiwan Gov Officials Are Secretly Japanese Spies!
People are sharing a post which claims that many high-ranking Taiwan government officials are really Japanese spies or agents.
It’s pretty long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…
The truth of taiwan’s official government, I can’t imagine that the entire group of high-ranking officials are ghosts!
Lee Teng-hui, not surnamed Lee
Original name: Noboru Iwasato, of Japanese descent
Ancestral home: Mizawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Tsai Ing-wen, not surnamed Tsai
Original name: Umehara English, Ancestral home of Japanese ancestry: Nihe, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Truth : Taiwan Gov Officials Are NOT Japanese Spies!
None of the Taiwan government officials mentioned in the viral post are Japanese citizens or have Japanese heritage. They are also not Japanese spies or secret agents.
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Lee Teng-hui Was First Taiwan-Born President
Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) was born in 1923, during Japanese colonial rule. Like other Taiwanese under Japanese rule, he was given a Japanese name. However, it was Iwasato Masao (岩里 政男／いわさと まさお), not Noboru Iwasato.
Lee Teng-hui was also not of Japanese descent. He was of Tingzhou Hakka decent, from the Yonding district of the Fujian Province in mainland China, not Mizawa in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan.
Lee Teng-hui eventually became the first Taiwan-born President of the Republic of China.
Ironically, Lee joined the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not once, but twice – in 1946 and 1947, and his New Democracy Association that he formed was absorbed by the CCP.
Fact #2 : Tsai Ing-wen Is First Female President Of Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was born on 31 August 1956, in Taipei – the capital of Taiwan. She eventually became the first female President of Taiwan, so it is ridiculous to accuse her of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.
Taiwan was already free from Japanese occupation when she was born, so she did not have the Japanese name, Uemhara English as alleged by the fake post.
Tsai Ing-wen is also not of Japanese origin. Her family originated in the Fangshan town of Pingtung County, in southern Taiwan, not Nihe in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan.
Fact #3 : Chen Chi-chung Grew Up On A Taiwanese Farm
Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) has been the Taiwan Minister of Council of Agriculture since January 2019.
He is of Chinese ancestry, and does not have any Japanese name, and certainly not Tozuka Jizuka.
Chen Chi-chung grew up on a farm in Wandan, Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, not Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan.
Fact #4 : Lai Ching-te Grew Up In Taipei
Willam Lai Ching-te (賴淸德) was born in a free Taiwan, so he does not have any Japanese name, and certainly not Kiyotoku Teraoka.
Lai was also born in Wanli on October 6, 1959, in what is now New Taipei City. He certainly did not originate from Tamura in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.
He is currently the Vice-President of Taiwan, after serving as the running mate of President Tsai Ing-wen. So it is also ridiculous to accuse him of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.
Fact #5 : Chen Chu Grew Up In Taipei
Joyce Chen Chu (陳菊) was born on June 10, 1950. This was after Japanese occupation ended, so she did not have the Japanese name, Kikuto Tsukasa, as alleged by the fake post.
Her family originated from Sanxing in the Yilan County of Taiwan, not Kuroishi in the Aomori Prefecture of Japan.
She currently serves as the President of the Control Yuan, and the Chair of the National Human Rights Commission in Taiwan.
Fact #6 : Chen Shui-bian Grew Up In Tainan
Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) was born on October 12, 1950. This was after Japanese occupation ended, so he did not have the Japanese name, Shimabukuro Mizuhira, as alleged by the fake post.
He grew up on a farm in the Guantian Township of Tainan County in Taiwan, not Hachimantai in the Iwate Province of Japan.
His family are Hokkien people from the Zhao’an county of the southern Fujian province of mainland China.
He was the first politician from the Democratic Progressive Party to become President of Taiwan, breaking the 55 years of Kuomintang’s rule.
Needless to say – it is absurd to accuse a former President of Taiwan of being a Japanese spy or secret agent.
Fact #7 : Hsieh Chang-ting Was Born In Taipei
Frank Hsieh Chang-ting (謝長廷) was born in Dadaocheng in Taipei in 1946. Again, this was after Japanese occupation ended, so he did not have a Japanese name.
Even if Hsieh had a Japanese name, it wouldn’t be something as ridiculous as Oka Minister Ting.
He is a 7th generation native Taiwanese of part-Hokkien, part-aboriginal descent, whose ancestor Hsieh Kuang-yu (謝光玉) migrated from Tongshan in the Fujian Province of mainland China.
He certainly did not originate from Ono, in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan.
Hsieh is currently the head of the Association of Taiwan-Japan Relations.
Fact #8 : Su Tseng-chang Was Born In Pingtung
Su Tseng-chang was born on 28 July 1947. As this was after Japanese occupation of Taiwan ended, he did not have a Japanese name, and certainly not Honda Sadamasa.
He was born in Pingtung in southern Taiwan, not Minami Soma City in the Fukushima City of Japan.
He is currently the Premier of Taiwan, serving since 2019, so it would be absurd to label him as a Japanese spy or secret agent.
Fact #9 : Lin Yi-hsiung Was Born In Pingtung
Lin Yi-hsiung (林義雄) was born in 1941, during Japanese colonial rule. However, he does not appear to have any Japanese name. Nor is he associated with the name, Yoshio Kojima.
Lin Yi-hsiung is also not of Japanese descent. He was born in Wujie Township of the Yilan County in Taiwan, not Abashiri City in Hokkaido, Japan.
Lin ceased being active in politics since campaigning for two Democratic Progressive Party candidates in 2006. Since then, he has been focused on halting construction of nuclear plants in Taiwan, even starting a hunger strike in 2014 which ended after the government pledged to halt construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City.
Fact #10 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda
This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).
All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.
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