Tokyo, March 11 (CNA) Taiwan's representative to Japan, Frank Hsieh (謝長廷), on Saturday attended a ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, to pay his respect to the victims and their families.
The event, which took place at the National Theatre of Japan in Tokyo, was also attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prince Akishino, House of Representatives speaker Tadamori Oshima, House of Councilors speaker Chuichi Date and Supreme Court of Japan chief justice Itsuro Terada.
In his address, Abe said reconstruction efforts continue to move forward six years after the earthquake.
While work to rebuild infrastructure is near completion, progress is also being made with residential housing and industry restoration, he said.
The Japanese government was determined to ensure the nation is able to withstand any future catastrophes, he added.
Hsieh told reporters after the ceremony that Taiwan and Japan are prone to natural disasters and have often provided assistance to each other in the event of disasters, which he said was a good model for international cooperation.
He said he hopes Taiwan and Japan can strengthen cooperation on disaster preparation work by sharing real world experience and related information.
(By Yang Ming-chu and Y.F. Low)