Statue honoring Japanese engineer Hatta vandalized

‘DELIBERATE ACT’:It would not be difficult to repair the statue, as the Chia-Nan Irrigation Association had taken a mold in case it was damaged, sources said

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 17, 2017
By: Wang Yen-ping and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta near Tainan’s Wushantou Reservoir (烏山頭

Police inspect a statue of Japanese engineer Yoichi Hatta after it was found vandalized near the Wushantou Reservoir in Tainan yesterday. Photo: Wang Han-ping, Taipei Times

水庫) was found decapitated in an apparent act of vandalism, the Taiwan Chia-Nan Irrigation Association said yesterday.

Hatta is dubbed the “father of the Chianan Irrigation System” for his contributions to the development of irrigation in the Chianan Plain (嘉南平原) in southern Taiwan by building the Wushantou Reservoir during the Japanese colonial era.

An association member exercising in the area at about 6am saw that the statue’s head was missing, association president Yang Ming-feng (楊明風) said, adding that he told workers at the reservoir to call the police.

Police arriving at the scene surveyed the damage and collected information.

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