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Japanese FM sends condolences to Taiwan over Hualien earthquake

2018/02/07 17:55:52

David Lee (李大維)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has sent a letter to his Taiwanese counterpart David Lee (李大維) to express his condolences over a strong earthquake that hit Hualien County in eastern Taiwan late Tuesday.

The letter was made public in a press statement on the Japanese foreign ministry's website Wednesday.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the major earthquake that recently struck eastern Taiwan, causing substantial damage. I offer my sincere prayers for those who lost their lives, and extend my heartfelt condolences to those affected," Kono said in the statement.

"Japan stands ready to provide any necessary assistance to Taiwan at this difficult time," he wrote.

Meanwhile, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) also released a statement confirming that JTEA Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi and JTEA President Yasuaki Tanizaki have offered their condolences to Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁) and Taiwan's top envoy to Japan, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), respectively.

The JTEA represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations.

Following the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Taiwan donated some US$260 million in relief and reconstruction aid to Japan, the highest amount of any country in the world.

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