By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, May 14 (CNA) The governor of Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, Yoshihiro
Murai, is visiting Taiwan to promote bilateral exchanges and express gratitude for Taiwan’s assistance in the wake of a powerful earthquake that struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011.
On Thursday, the second day of the May 13-16 visit, he told CNA that his delegation has visited Taiwan’s Red Cross Society to express thanks for its assistance in the wake of the disasters. He also expressed gratitude for Taiwan’s help during his meetings with Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) and President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九).
Miyagi Prefecture was one of the hardest-hit areas in the 9.0 magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. Other severely affected areas included Iwate and Fukushima prefectures in northeastern Japan. [FULL STORY]