Wang leads delegation to quake-hit locales in Japan


TAIPEI–Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng on Tuesday led a delegation from Taiwan to a quake-stricken area in northeastern Japan to inspect reconstruction work funded by a Taiwanese charity.

Wang and the 30 lawmakers and government officials visited the cold storage facilities that World Vision Taiwan has donated to fishermen in Kesennuma city in Miyagi Prefecture and spoke with local officials and fishermen.

Taiwan’s government, citizens and many private groups made generous donations to Japan after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster last year caused one of the worse catastrophes in the country.

Refrigerating facilities are crucial for Kesennuma’s economy as 70 percent of the fish in the city are sold refrigerated, said the charity.

The facilities were launched in February. They have a capacity to refrigerate 3,000 tons and freeze 60 tons of fish products.

Since its operation in February, they have benefited 1,800 fishermen and 28,000 people working in the fisheries industry, and have created a production value of over US$3 million, according to the charity.