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Vice president attends Japanese engineer's 70th memorial anniversary

2012/05/08 22:16:53

Kaohsiung, May 8 (CNA) Vice President Vincent Siew attended the 70th memorial anniversary in Tainan Tuesday of the Japanese engineer responsible for constructing the Wushantou Reservoir.

Yoichi Hatta (1886-1942), who spent 10 years building the reservoir, made many contributions to Taiwan's hydraulic engineering system and deserves the respect of future generations regardless of nationality, Siew said at the ceremony, held every May 8.

Taiwanese farmers have benefited from the dam created by Hatta 82 years ago, which has helped increase agricultural production value by three times on the Chianan Plain in southern Taiwan, Siew added.

Constructions of the Wushantou Reservoir was completed in 1930 during the period of Japanese colonial rule.

Establishment of the Yoichi Hatta Memorial Park in 2011 in Tainan has also become an important cultural exchange platform between Taiwan and Japan, as well as a popular destination for Japanese tourists, said Siew.

Meanwhile that day, President Ma Ying-jeou also instructed the Chunghwa Post Co. to issue a special series of stamps featuring the engineer, Siew noted.

Guests at the ceremony included Hatta's grandson, Shuichi Hatta, a delegation from Japan's Kanazawa City, Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te and various government representatives.

(By Yang Sz-ruei and C.J. Lin)