NE Japan Earthquake Day 56: Six Thousand Japanese Citizens Pool Funds to Print Thank You Messages in Taiwanese Newspapers

Private Japanese Citizens' Thank-You to Taiwan in Taiwanese Newspapers
An expression of gratitude for Taiwanese donations to earthquake relief printed in a Taiwanese newspaper thanks to voluntary donations from Japanese citizens. Photo by Minamoto Kazuhide.

NE Japan Earthquake Day 56: Six Thousand Japanese Citizens Pool Funds to Print Thank You Messages in Taiwanese Newspapers
Kazuhide Minamoto reporting from Taipei, May 5, 2011

The May 3 editions of the Taiwanese newspapers Liberty Times and United Daily News included half-page advertisements expressing gratitude for Taiwanese donations to earthquake relief which were printed thanks to donations from over 6000 private Japanese citizens.

The message reads Arigatou, Taiwan in Japanese and We are grateful for your love. We will never forget it in Chinese.

The Japanese government paid for thank-you messages in newspapers for seven countries, including America, China, and Korea, but it did not include Taiwan, which donated about 16 billion yen ($200 million). A free designer in Kawasaki named Maiko Kisaki (37) launched a donation campaign on Twitter in response, and it received a crush of support. The two advertisements cost 2.4 million yen ($30,000); 6015 donations totalling 19.3 million yen ($240,000) were received from around the country.

Explore posts in the same categories: Japan, Politics, Taiwan, Translations

Tags: ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: