By: Wang Shu-feng and Elaine Hou
Taipei, June 9 (CNA) A Japanese railway fan was honored as “a friend of Taiwan’s railways” at a celebration to mark the 130th anniversary of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) in Taipei on Friday.
Yoshiyuki Kekke, 64, has visited Taiwan more than 300 times over the past 37 years, spending more than NT$5.5 million (US$182,414) on the trips.
Kekke, who was born in Tokyo in 1953, joined a railway club while at university and researched the development of the railway system in Japan, including the routes and trains. He currently works for a Japanese company that publishes railway publications.
He said he has ridden trains in Australia, as well as other Asian and European countries, but Taiwan is still his favorite travel destination. [FULL STORY]