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President Tsai expresses concern to Japan after Osaka quake

2018/06/18 16:08:22

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Taipei, June 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has asked Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) to express her deepest sympathy and concern to Japan on Monday after a strong earthquake rocked the western part of the country.

"President Tsai has asked Minister Wu to extend sympathy to Japan on behalf of Taiwan's government and people," said Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明).

"She hopes that the damage from the earthquake will be as limited as possible and that the people of Japan are safe and sound," Lin said.

The president also asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to offer necessary assistance to Taiwan's expatriates and tourists affected by the earthquake, according to Lin.

The 6.1-magnitude quake rocked Osaka, Japan's second biggest city, Monday morning just before 8 a.m. At least three people were killed as a result of the earthquake, including a nine-year-old girl, and more than 230 have been injured, according to wire service reports.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Flor Wang)