Taiwanese Representative Unable to Make Floral Tribute at Japanese State Memorial Service…JP Prime Minister Expresses Deep Regret

Taiwanese Representative Unable to Make Floral Tribute at Japanese State Memorial Service…JP Prime Minister Expresses Deep Regret
Yomiuri Shimbun: 追悼式で台湾代表が献花できず…首相、深く反省
March 13, 2012

At a Diet budget committee meeting on the 12th, Prime Minister Noda apologized to Taiwan because its representative did not have the opportunity to present a floral bouquet at the state memorial service for Great Tōhoku Earthquake victims the day before. “There is truly no excuse. I wish to deeply reflect on our inconsideration.”

This was his reply to a question by Liberal Democratic Party Representative Hiroshige Sekō. The total amount of Taiwanese public and private donations to disaster relief totalled about 20 billion yen ($242 million), the most of any country in the world.

Representative Sekō also criticized the Prime Minister by saying that when the Emperor and Empress left their seats, “everyone in attendance, regardless of their country, should have stood.” Cabinet Secretary Fujimura said, “(The point of order) was packed in by the secretariat, and I heard about it right before. All I can do is apologize.”

Original/原稿:
追悼式で台湾代表が献花できず…首相、深く反省

 野田首相は12日の参院予算委員会で、11日の政府主催の東日本大震災追悼式で、台湾代表に献花の機会がなかったことについて、「本当に申し訳ない。行き届いていなかったことを深く反省したい」と陳謝した。

 自民党の世耕弘成氏への答弁。台湾からの震災義援金は官民合わせて約200億円と世界トップクラスだった。

 世耕氏は追悼式で、天皇、皇后両陛下がご退席になる際、場内が着席していたとして、「どこの国でも全員起立するものだ」と批判。藤村官房長官は「(議事進行は)事務方で詰めてきたものを直前に聞いた。おわびするしかない」と謝った。

(2012年3月13日07時36分 読売新聞)

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