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Japanese woman bequeaths large sum of money to NCKU

2017/09/09 18:24:59

Su Huey-jen (蘇慧貞, right) and the Izumi family

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in southern Taiwan on Saturday received a check for NT$12.77 million (US$424,885) from the family of a deceased Japanese woman, whose father once taught at the school.

The check was presented to NCKU President Su Huey-jen (蘇慧貞) by the seldest on of Miyoko Izumi, who had willed half of her assets to the university before her death in 2015.

According to her son Kohei Izumi, she wanted the money to be used to provide scholarships for NCKU students, which would help preserve the memory of her father Professor Iso Momose, one of NCKU's first Japanese teachers.

Momose, a professor of organic chemistry, worked at NCKU from its founding in 1931 and remained in Taiwan until 1947. Miyoko Izumi was born in Taiwan in 1933 and was sent to Japan in 1946 after the period of Japanese colonization of the island ended.

Miyoko Izumi had a special connection with Taiwan, occasionally spoke Mandarin and often cooked him Taiwanese dishes, her son noted.

At the presentation ceremony Saturday, which was attended by five Izumi family members, NCKU President Su said the NT$12.77 million would be used to create the "Professor Iso Momose and Madam Miyoko Izumi Scholarship fund, under which eight to 12 students will receive an award of NT$30,000 each year.

In addition, NCKU will host activities in honor of the late Japanese professor and his daughter each year on its anniversary, starting in 2018, she said.

(By Chang Rong-hsiang and Kuan-lin Liu)