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Japan offers sympathy to Taiwan in wake of typhoon

Japan offers sympathy to Taiwan in wake of typhoon

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Japan's representative to Taiwan has extended his sympathy to Taiwanese nationals affected by Typhoon Usagi, which brought heavy rains to Taiwan late last week and left several people injured, Japan's Interchange Association said Monday. Sumio Tarui, representative of the association's Taipei Office, offered his support in a letter sent Monday to Lee Chia-chin, chairman of Taiwan's Association of East Asian Relations, which handles ties with Japan in the absence of diplomatic relations. Tarui hoped that "those affected by the storm can return to their normal lives soon," said the Interchange Association, which represents Japanese interests in Taiwan. Typhoon Usagi brought heavy rain and strong winds to Taiwan from Sept. 19 to 22, especially to the southern and eastern parts of the country. Twelve people were injured because of the storm, according to the latest official statistics. The typhoon had also caused an estimated NT$121.28 million (US$4.1 million) in agricultural losses as of 5 p.m. Monday, the Council of Agriculture said. The crops most heavily affected by the typhoon were bananas, sugar apples, wax apples, papayas and jujubes, the council said. (By Elaine Hou)