Japan says thanks with event
A festival to celebrate cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Japan is to be held on Friday and Saturday in Taipei to thank Taiwan for its humanitarian aid after a massive earthquake in Japan in 2011, the organizers said yesterday. “We hope to take the opportunity to thank Taiwan for its support of Japan after the earthquake,” the NHK Culture Center said, referring to the magnitude 9 quake that led to a tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, killing thousands. It is the first time that the festival is being held in Taiwan. About 27 groups comprising a total 180 performers will present different aspects of Japanese culture, including origami, tea ceremonies and stone arts, at Huashan 1914 Creative Park, the center said, adding that there will also be live performances throughout the festival to give participants the opportunity to experience Japan’s diverse art forms through dance, music and martial arts.
Math geniuses bag medals
Taiwanese students won three silver and two bronze medals at the Third Asian Science and Mathematics Olympiad for Primary School (ASMOPS) in Indonesia yesterday. The Taipei Fuhsing Private School students competed against 29 other teams from countries including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia at the annual contest. In the nature science category, two junior high-school students Lu Hung-wei (呂紘瑋) and Tsai Meng-che (蔡孟哲) each won a silver medal, while Shen Hsin-zu (沈歆慈) and Hu Yun-hsiang (胡運翔), two sixth-graders at Fuhsing Elementary School, both won a bronze medal. Elementary student Wu Hua-yu (吳驊佑), bagged a silver medal in the math event.
Typhoon aid for Palau
The government has donated US$100,000 to Palau to help with its reconstruction work after the Western Pacific nation was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Taiwan’s embassy in Palau made the donation on behalf of the government and its people, the ministry said. A state of emergency had been declared for the island country of 21,000 residents after it was battered on Wednesday and Thursday last week by powerful winds and downpours brought by Haiyan, the ministry said. The storm caused an estimated US$5 million in damages to infrastructure and schools, it said.
Arizona agreement signed
Greater Tainan and the US state of Arizona signed a friendship agreement on Tuesday to establish regular exchanges in business and tourism. The deal ranges from enterprise assistance to sports cooperation and includes pledges to work together on renewable energy, tourism promotion and academics, according to a statement released by the Greater Tainan Government, adding that this is the first agreement inked between a municipality in Taiwan and a state government in the US. Arizona Governor Janice Brewer, who is on a week-long visit to Taiwan, said the agreement will help Arizonans get to know Tainan. Taiwan is Arizona’s 13th-largest export trade partner and seventh-largest import trade partner, according to the governor’s office. Last year, Arizona exported more than US$320 million of products and goods to Taiwan, including machinery, electrical equipment and medical instruments, while its imports from the nation totaled more than US$530 million, the governor’s office said.