By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Taiwan will donate 10 million Japanese yen (US$92,036)
to Japan to assist it with relief efforts after a strong earthquake hit the southern part of the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday.
At least nine people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the magnitude-6.5 earthquake that hit Kumamoto Prefecture on southern Japan’s Kyushu Island late Thursday, foreign media reported.
In a statement issued Friday, the ministry said it has expressed Taiwan’s sympathy over the earthquake to the Japanese government and pledged to offer donations to Kumamoto Prefecture.
“If Japan needs any further assistance, we will try our best to extend a helping hand,” the ministry said.
On Friday, Taiwan’s representative office in Tokyo also forwarded to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a message from President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), extending sympathy to Japan and victims of the quake, the ministry added. [FULL STORY]