Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tien Chung-kwang received a donation of NT$3.5 million (US$111,000) from Taiwan Soka Association for post-earthquake reconstruction in Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture.
According to the MOFA, the contribution will be incorporated into a dedicated account established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare Jan. 5. In the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Noto Peninsula, Taiwan’s government donated 60 million Japanese yen (US$413,000) and private donations have reached nearly NT$400 million.
Tien said that Taiwan and Japan have a history of helping each other, as evidenced by Taiwan’s gift of 2 million face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and Japan’s donation of 4.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
The deputy minister also expressed gratitude for TSA’s generosity and its assistance in deepening friendly relationships with other countries.
TSA is a Buddhist organization with roots in Japan. Since the association’s establishment in 1990, it has been dedicated to charitable, cultural and educational causes, the MOFA added. (POC-E)
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