Ma given thank-you note from touched Japan tourist
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou received a special card yesterday from a Japanese tourist who found the Taiwan public unexpectedly kind.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
The card, signed by Hiroko Shinozaki (篠崎廣子) from Kobe, Japan, asked the president to convey thanks to the people of Taiwan.
Shinozaki wrote that she had visited Kaohsiung over New Year's Eve. Unfamiliar with the area and not fluent in Chinese, Shinozaki became lost, according to Ma's page on the social-networking site Facebook.
Many Taiwanese strangers responded by taking the initiative and extending a helping hand, wrote Shinozaki, adding that she felt deeply touched by Taiwan's warmth and gestures of friendship.
In the card, Shinozaki also thanked Taiwan for its aid to Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Ma's office wrote that “kindness” and “good faith” are core values in Chinese culture, as well as a part of daily life in Taiwan.
The president urges Taiwan to continue its “citizen diplomacy” of friendship and enthusiasm, to show the world how Taiwan is special, said the office