Taipei photo exhibition to show quake, tsunami reconstruction efforts in Japan



TAIPEI — A week-long photo exhibition showcasing reconstruction efforts in northeastern Japan in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 will kick off in Taipei later this week.

The exhibition is aimed at briefing people in Taiwan on the current situation in disaster-affected areas in Japan and thanking Taiwan for its donations and assistance following the disaster, said the group of Japanese photographers organizing the show.

The 70 photos on display will focus on the destruction caused by the twin disasters, the nuclear crisis following the earthquake and tsunami, and residents’ efforts to rebuild their homes and get back on their feet, the organizer said.

The exhibition will open Thursday and run through April 17 at the Taipei Office of Japan’s Interchange Association. The association represents Japan’s interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

The group organizing the show said it has held similar exhibitions around 30 Japanese cities and plans to hold exhibitions in Tainan and Kaohsiung following the Taipei show.

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed nearly 20,000 people, mainly in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.

In the wake of the disaster, Taiwan donated some US$260 million in aid to Japan, more than any other single country.