'I want to send a strong message to Taiwanese people that Hokkaidō is safe and they can visit here at ease,' Wang told a news conference in Sapporo 札幌.
The delegation is visiting at the request of Hokkaidō Governor Harumi Takahashi 高橋はるみ, who has been seeking to restore tourism in the northern island, as T'áiwān is Hokkaidō’s top source of foreign tourists, accounting for almost a quarter of all foreign visitors.
In fiscal 2009, the number of Taiwanese who visited Hokkaidō came to around 180,000.
While in Hokkaidō, Wang’s delegation will visit Sapporo, Kushiro 釧路 and Otaru 小樽.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization 国際観光振興機構, T'áiwān accounted for the second-largest group of foreign tourists to Japan last year, totaling almost 1.14 million. The largest number of tourists came from South Korea."