Taipei 101 to display messages of Japan-Taiwan friendship

01/11/2021 08:51 PM
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A passerby takes a photo of celebratory messages on the Taipei 101 building . CNA photo Dec. 9, 2020
A passerby takes a photo of celebratory messages on the Taipei 101 building . CNA photo Dec. 9, 2020

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) The Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA) on Monday said LED messages of friendship between the two countries will be displayed on the Taipei 101 skyscraper on Jan. 23 and 24.

The message displays will be one of a series of activities leading up to the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, according to the JTEA.

Messages displayed on Jan. 23 will be drafted by the Japanese association and will also feature words of support for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled to take place starting on July 23 in Tokyo this year.

Those that appear on Taiwan's landmark skyscraper a day later will be chosen from submissions by the public.

People are encouraged to send messages of friendship to the association's Facebook page before 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, and 10 will be selected for display on Jan. 24, the association said.

The activities are being held in part to remember Taiwan's support for Japan after the natural disaster occurred.

Taiwan stepped forward with 25 billion Japanese yen (US$240.04 million) in disaster aid, and also donated supplies and dispatched rescue teams to Japan, the association said in a statement.

Not only did Taiwan greatly contribute to the reconstruction of the area, it also reminded Japan that Taiwan is a good friend and neighbor, it said.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Ko Lin)

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