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Southern Taiwan donates fruit to quake-stricken northeastern Japan

Southern Taiwan donates fruit to quake-stricken northeastern Japan

Tokyo, March 5 (CNA) Officials from southern Taiwan donated fruit Monday to residents in northeastern Japan who suffered in the earthquake and tsunami that struck the area last March, with a first shipment of bananas scheduled to arrive in the region the following day. A delegation led by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu held a donation ceremony in Tokyo that day in which the mayor said she hopes the fruit will encourage the people who are rebuilding their lives in the damaged areas. Chen said southern Taiwan felt deeply for Japan after the earthquake, particularly since Japanese people have offered the region help and support following past natural disasters such as the flooding caused by Typhoon Morakot in August 2009. Yunlin Magistrate Su Chih-fen, Chiayi Magistrate Chang Hua-kuan, and Deputy Tainan Mayor Yen Chun-tzuo are also among the members of the delegation. Yen said Tainan and Sendai, whose airport was deluged by the tsunami last year, are sister cities, and he noted that a donation of over NT$100 million (US$3.39 million) was given to the Japanese city by the Tainan City government last June. Deliveries of the donated bananas, lychees, papayas and pineapples, worth around NT$1 million, began this month and will continue through August, the Kaohsiung City government said. A truck loaded with bananas departed after the news conference, and was expected to reach its destination the following morning, the delegation said. The delegation arrived in Japan a day earlier for a week-long visit to promote Taiwanese produce at the Japan Food Service and Equipment Exhibition running March 6-9. (By Tsao Heng and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-02-26 01:16 GMT+08:00