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Su, Wang attend memorial for Japan quake victims

Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake disaster.

Su, Wang attend memorial for Japan quake victims

Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake disaster.

Friday marks the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake disaster in Japan. Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng were both invited to the memorial for the quake victims, an annual event organized by Japanese nationals in Taipei.

The memorial mourned the thousands who lost their lives in the massive natural disaster on the day five years ago, when the nine-magnitude quake struck the nation and triggered a 10-meter high tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead and 160,000 people forced to leave homes.

Su Jia-chyuan, Wang Jin-pyng, alongside Lee Chia-chin, chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations, attended the event and were seen offering condolences to the event participants.

Japan’s representative to Taiwan, Mikio Numata, in his speech expressed gratitude for Taiwan’s timely assistance following the disaster, and stressed Japan’s continuing effort to advance Taiwan-Japan ties.

Considered the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986, the Fukushima nuclear disaster contaminated thousands of square miles and cost Japan nearly $100 billion for reconstruction. The disaster also raised concerns in Taiwan over the safety of the island’s nuclear power plants, prompting large-scale anti-nuclear protests over the years that demanded the government stop the construction of the fourth nuclear power plant.


Updated : 2021-08-02 13:43 GMT+08:00