TOKYO — Thirty-nine Taiwanese students and tourists in Japan’s quake-struck
Kumamoto Prefecture were brought to safety on Sunday, with seven stranded Taiwanese nationals still awaiting rescue, Taiwanese officials said that day.
A total of 28 university students have been picked up from Kumamoto University and Kumamoto Gakuen University and will be driven to Fukuoka City, where some of them will board a flight back to Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Eleven Taiwanese tourists stranded in the southern part of the Aso area in Kumamoto Prefecture were also rescued Sunday afternoon, Rong Yee-jung (戎義俊), director of Taiwan’s representative office in Fukuoka, told CNA by telephone.
“I am glad that we were able to escape,” said Lai Chun-yi (賴君怡), who lead the tour group.
When the earthquake struck in the middle of the night on Saturday, the tremors were so strong that she felt her body bounce up and down twice on the bed, Lai said. [FULL STORY]