Yahoo Fund collects US$1.3 million in Japan for Hualien quake victims

Tokyo, Yahoo Japan Corp., one of the largest search engine and Internet portal operators in Japan, has collected donations totaling 140 million Japanese yen (US$1.3 million) for a fund it set up for earthquake victims in Hualien County, eastern Taiwan.

Yahoo Fund Director Shuichi Nishida presented the money to Taiwan’s Representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (???) Tuesday, and expressed his wish that the donations, made by more than 160,000 people around Japan, be spent on post-quake reconstruction in the eastern Taiwanese county.

People in Taiwan and Japan have always had sympathy for earthquake victims, because the people of both countries live in places where seismic activity is frequent, Nishida said.

After a devastating earthquake hit northeast Japan March 11, 2011, Japan received generous donations from Taiwanese people. This time, many Japanese people felt they had to give something in return, he said.

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the coast of Hualien Feb. 6 this year, killing 17 people and injuring 291 in Hualien City.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel