By: Yang Ming-chu and Lilian Wu
Tokyo, March 11 (CNA) Japanese students studying in Taiwan have held “Thank you, Taiwan” activities every year since a powerful earthquake and massive tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, prompting Taiwan to make generous donations to its neighbor. This year, the father of a Japanese student took part in the activity in her place.
His daughter, Ai Ono, was a student at National Chengchi University when she died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her rented apartment in Taipei in March last year.
Ono was only a senior high school student when the March 11, 2011 quake struck Japan. As a leader of a student group, organized by an association of Miyagi Prefecture to express gratitude for Taiwan’s donations and to explain the post-construction process, she visited Taiwan and was impressed by the island and later decided to study in Taiwan.
In 2014, she attended the first “Thank you, Taiwan” activity, but missed the 2015 event when she died at the age of 20. [FULL STORY]