Representatives from Taiwan and Japan yesterday met at a Taipei forum to discuss what Taiwan can learn from Japan’s reconstruction efforts in the wake of last year’s massive earthquake and tsunami.
A total of 450 participants registered to attend the Taiwan-Japan Science and Technology Forum where local and Japanese experts were invited to speak on issues such as the challenges presented to industry as well as precautionary measures that have been unveiled since the catastrophe occurred, the event’s organizers, the Association of East Asian Relations, said.
Tsay Ching-yen (蔡清彥), director of the association’s Science and Technology Committee, said he hopes the exchanges can be turned into useful measures that can help improve bilateral cooperation.
“The impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami not only changed the lifestyle of Japanese people, but also prompted the world to reconsider issues such as production systems, energy safety and international collaboration,” he said.
Masao Uchibori, vice governor of Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, described the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as being a Japanese technology failure.
The reconstruction of post-disaster Japan, however, is still reliant on new technologies, Uchibori said.