Taiwan-funded housing opens in Japan's earthquake-beset region
CNATAIPEI--A public housing compound funded by donations from Taiwan's Red Cross Society opened Thursday in Japan's Iwate Prefecture, an area devastated by a huge earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
August 30, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The compound in Otsuchi town consists of 70 units of housing, spacious public areas, small gardens and barrier-free facilities for disabled people, the Taiwan Red Cross said.
The housing units will be given to people who lost their homes to the disasters which hit on March 11, 2011.
Wang Ching-feng, chairwoman of the Taiwan Red Cross and Chen Tyau-her, deputy chief of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, were invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of the compound.
The housing units were built with part of the NT$2.57 billion (US$86.08 million) in donations the Taiwanese public gave to the Taiwan Red Cross after the disasters hit northeastern Japan.
The compound is the fifth reconstruction project to be completed by the charity in Japan since the disasters.
The others were a nursery school in Iwate and three housing compounds for the elderly in Fukushima Prefecture, which, along with Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures, was among the areas hardest hit by the disaster.
In the wake of the disasters, Taiwan donated some US$260.64 million in cash to Japan, 90 percent of which came from private donors. This was the highest amount from any country.