Taiwan to donate money for flood relief in Japan
Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Taiwan has pledged a donation of 20 million yen (US$181,039) to Japan for flood relief following days of heavy rain that caused massive flooding, especially in western Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Monday.
Taiwan decided to make the donation to assist Japan in rebuilding flooded areas to show concern for the disaster on behalf of the government and Taiwan's people, the statement said.
It is hoped Japanese flood victims can resume their lives soon and flooded areas be restored to normal, according to the statement.
The Foreign Ministry said Taiwan has developed close and friendly ties with Japan, and the two countries tend to help each other when faced with natural disasters.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) have all sent condolences through various channels to Japan as at least 112 people have died in the rain and related landslides and dozens are still missing.
Lai, along with Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) and Taiwan's envoy to Japan, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), also expressed Taiwan's concern to 323 Japanese councilmen while attending the fourth summit on Taiwan-Japan exchanges in Kaohsiung on Saturday.
(By Ku Chuan and Hsu Hsiao-ling)enditem/ls
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