TAIPEI (Kyodo) Japan’s top representative to Taiwan, Masaki Saito, retracted remarks he made Friday saying Taiwan’s international status is unclear after the island’s government lodged a protest, according to local media reports.

Taiwan’s national Central News Agency reported online late Friday that Deputy Foreign Minister Andrew Hsia lodged a protest and demanded an explanation of the remarks Saito made at a symposium held at National Chung Cheng University in southern Taiwan.

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