Date: April 18, 2016
The Taiwan government is stepping up efforts to assist Japan in the wake of the
magnitude-6.5 and 7.3 earthquakes that struck Kumamoto Prefecture April 14 and 16 on the country’s Kyushu Island, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs April 16.
President Ma Ying-jeou announced the same day that the Taiwan government would donate a further US$500,000 to Japan, in addition to an earlier aid contribution of US$92,000.
“The aim is to help authorities in Japan reconstruct the quake-hit area and help those affected rebuild their lives as soon as possible,” the MOFA said in a statement.
“The Taiwan government has also informed the Japan government that search and rescue teams from Taiwan stand ready to provide assistance if needed.” [FULL STORY]