TAIPEI -- Japanese students and residents held an event in New Taipei City to express gratitude to people in Taiwan, who sent more than 20 billion yen in donations to disaster-hit areas following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, on the seventh anniversary of the disaster.
At the March 11 event, organized annually mainly by Japanese students studying in Taiwan, video messages from the people in the Tohoku region were played, as they showed gratitude to the Taiwanese people, saying, "Thank you, Taiwan" and "We want to return the favor to Taiwan."
At the time the earthquake struck, a live link with the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, was displayed on a screen and participants paid a moment of silence for the victims. An official of the town said during the live broadcast, "The aid from people in Taiwan was used to build a hospital."
At the site, visitors folded paper cranes to be sent to the disaster-stricken areas, while organizers set up an area where visitors could write messages of support.