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Hualien shocked Japanese people from all walks of life to launch charitable donations to repay Taiwan’s kindness

After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Hualien, Taiwan on the 3rd,JapanPeople from all walks of life express their gratitude to Taiwan for attending the 311th National CongressEarthquakeGenerous donations during the severe earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula, various places immediately started donations, and many places installed paintingsRepublic of ChinaSome people at the donation box with the national flag even said that they would “double return” the kindness they received from Taiwan in the past.

Following the intense earthquake, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a bilingual post in Japanese and Chinese through social platforms to immediately extend assistance, saying, “Japan is willing to assist Taiwan with any necessary assistance.”

The entertainment industry also expressed concern. Yoshiki, leader of rock band Former idol group Sexy Zone member Nakajima Kento, popular idol group West member Junta Naka and Japanese female artist Saeko all expressed concern through social platforms. Saeko also launched a fundraising program for the earthquake disaster in Taiwan.

Climber Takeshi Noguchi posted a message online, saying he would “express double gratitude” to Taiwan, which suffered a strong earthquake. He said, “During the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Kumamoto Earthquake and this time the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, everyone in Taiwan helped us a lot.” Therefore, this time, “Japan will provide the greatest support in the Taiwan earthquake. This is when the term ‘pay double’ is used.

NHK reported that Taiwan donated more than 20 billion yen during the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. When Japan was hit by the Noto Peninsula earthquake in January this year, Taiwan also raised more than 2.5 billion yen and sent it to disaster-stricken Ishikawa. Province. Therefore, thirdly, after the strong earthquake in Hualien on the social platform

“We should return the favor,” some netizens said, “Taiwan has always been the first to help us, and now is the time to return the favor.” “As a citizen of Ishikawa Prefecture, I will never forget Taiwan’s support. Now is the time to return the favor.”

Many local governments with close exchanges with Taiwan have set up donation boxes. After a netizen donated, he called on everyone to take action. “Although it’s just a small idea, I went to donate. I hope more people will respond.”

Yonaguni Town and Hualien City in Okinawa Prefecture have been sister cities since 1982 and have a close friendship. The local government will set up donation boxes from today and will close on May 10. The funds raised will be transferred to Hualien City.

Kasama city, Ibaraki Prefecture, also set up a donation box at the city hall today. The city has set up an exchange office in Taipei City since 2018 to handle exchange activities such as sending junior high school students to Taiwan for exchange and providing Taiwanese bananas in nutritious school lunches.

Hiroyuki Amari, general secretary of Kasama city, said, “I hope that these funds raised can help to some extent in the subsequent reconstruction work.”

Japan’s FamilyMart convenience store announced that it will begin raising funds in 16,300 branches in Japan from April 5. The disaster relief period will last for two weeks from April 5 to 18. The Japanese Red Cross Society will begin raising funds through bank transfers from April 5 to June 28. The funds raised will be used by the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China for rescue and reconstruction activities.

Japan’s MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Co., Ltd. has started voluntary donations from employees of its companies. After employee donations are compiled, the company will donate an amount equal to the total employee donations to aid the Hualien earthquake-affected area. Japan’s three largest banks, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group, have each announced a donation of 10 million yen to the Hualien disaster area.

In addition, Japanese information technology company LINE Yahoo Corporation (LY Corporation) announced today that it has opened a “2024 Taiwan Earthquake Special Page” on its “Yahoo! Online Fundraising” operation. A total of 3 fundraising activities have raised money in a short period of time. About 63 million yen (about US$410,000).

At present, you can see that there are three fundraising projects in progress, namely “Riwa 6th Taiwan Hualien Earthquake Emergency Assistance”, “2024 Taiwan Earthquake Emergency Assistance”, and “2024 Taiwan Earthquake Victim Assistance”, and a total of more than 30,000 People have donated, the amount of which reached close to 63 million yen.

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