President extends sympathy over earthquake in southern Japan

President extends sympathy over earthquake in southern Japan

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has sent a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the name of President Ma Ying-jeou to extend sympathy after Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture was struck by a massive earthquake late Thursday, MOFA said Friday.

The letter was forwarded to the Interchange Association, Japan through Taiwan's representative office in Tokyo, MOFA said. The Interchange Association, Japan is an office which handles Japan's unofficial relations with Taiwan on behalf of the Japanese government.

Foreign Minister David Lin has written a similar letter to his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, according to MOFA.

At least two people were killed and 45 injured in the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that hit the prefecture in Japan's southern Kyushu Island. (By Tang Pei-chun)