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Japan: ROC Red Cross Society unveils plan for huge Japan quake donation

Japan: ROC Red Cross Society unveils plan for huge Japan quake donation

The Republic of China Red Cross Society unveiled yesterday a memorandum of understanding on disaster relief cooperation that it signed with its Japanese counterpart last week that outlines a plan for using over NT$2.2 billion (US$77 million) received in donations from the public.

The document, signed by ROC Red Cross Society President C.V. Chen and Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) President Tadateru Konoe on May 13, commits the Taiwanese organization's assistance to Japan to help with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Returning from Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan, one of the hardest-hit disaster zones, Chen told reporters his organization will allocate NT$1.6 billion to the country's post-quake reconstruction work in addition to NT$577.1 million already delivered to the JRCS.

The money will be used mainly in one or several regions suggested by the JRCS to help with the long-term recovery, including building schools, libraries and health care facilities, as well as providing social welfare services as part of a five-year recovery program, Chen said.

"I hope we can offer help in all the affected places, but we are not capable of doing that," he added.

"If there's a place where all work is done by us and the JRCS, we will definitely keep visiting and keep interacting with them. Our young people and social workers can make friends with the elderly there. I think that will be something quite interesting and meaningful," said Chen.

According to Chen, as of May 10, the ROC Red Cross had collected donations of more than NT$2.22 billion for Japan, believed to be the largest amount donated by a single country, for the recovery effort.

Updated : 2021-04-21 15:18 GMT+08:00