Japan students to offer quake thanks
CNATAIPEI--A group of 30 Japanese university students will visit Taiwan this week to express thanks for the country's support after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami of 2011, ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.
March 4, 2013, 12:26 am TWN
During the March 6-14 visit, the students from Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures — among the hardest-hit areas — will visit several Taiwanese private groups, local governments and universities to thank them for their donations and assistance in the wake of the disaster, said Japan's Interchange Association recently.
They will also give updates on the reconstruction progress in their areas, said the association, which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.
Meanwhile, the association will host a reception March 11 to mark the anniversary of the disaster, which will be attended by the Japanese students and representatives from Taiwanese groups that provided relief.
The visit by the students is part of a program sponsored by Japan's Foreign Ministry to thank Taiwan for its support, the association said.
Under the program, more than 300 Taiwanese students — from high school students to graduate students — have been invited to visit Japan over the past several months to learn more about the reconstruction efforts there, it added.
After the March 11 disaster, Taiwan donated some US$260 million in relief and reconstruction aid to Japan, the highest amount of any country in the world.