Japan musicians stage concerts in Taiwan to thank nation for help

Japan musicians stage concerts in Taiwan to thank nation for help

TAIPEI - Two concerts featuring some of Japan's famous singers and entertainers will be staged next month in Taiwan as a gesture to say thank you for the support Taiwan gave Japan following the devastating March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the event organizers announced yesterday.

"We have long been planning to hold such an event to reflect Japan's gratitude for the relief assistance offered by Taiwan following the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami," said Bunsen Watanabe, a Japanese musician and the chief organizer of the concerts, at a press conference in Taipei.

A renowned musician who teaches music in both Taipei and Tokyo, Watanabe said she happened to be in Taiwan when the March 11 earthquake occurred.

"I was deeply moved with Taiwanese warmth (and those) who donated money to help disaster relief in my country back then," she noted.

In the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown in northeast Japan, Taiwan donated about 20 billion Japanese yen (US$195 million) in aid, more than any other single country.

As a musician, she wants to express her gratitude to the Taiwanese people by holding concerts.

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