The Taipei Times published a commentary yesterday presenting the recent changes in Japan’s Taiwan policy as an opportunity for Taiwan.

The Feb. 19 statement of US-Japan common strategic objectives was an important signal to Taiwan and to China.

The Oct. 28 aircraft carrier decision and the Oct. 29 statement of the US and Japanese governments are evidence that by linking Taiwan to the US-Japan alliance, today’s young Taiwanese and their children may continue to decide their own futures, a hard fought legacy achieved by their parents and grandparents after much suffering.

Washington and Tokyo are acting in their own national interests, but their decisions of Feb. 19 and of Oct. 28 and 29 have presented Taiwan a golden opportunity for freedom in the 21st century.

The interview with the Japanese Admiral was in the Taipei Times the other day.