Japanese PM thanks Taiwan for concern over Osaka earthquake

Taipei, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed gratitude in Chinese on Twitter Wednesday for the sympathy and support extended by Taiwan to Japan after a strong earthquake rocked Osaka and and neighboring prefectures in the western part of the country on Monday.

"Hard times reveal true friendship," Abe wrote, while expressing thanks to "the many old friends" in Taiwan for their support.

Abe's response came after President Tsai Ing-wen (???) extended her condolences in Japanese on Twitter to those affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit the Kansai region of Japan, which includes Osaka.

Tsai tweeted that she hopes the people injured by the earthquake will recover and that affected areas will return to normal as soon as possible.

"In times of need, Taiwan is always ready to help," Tsai wrote, adding that Taiwan will keep a close watch in the wake of the powerful earthquake.

Tsai's tweet was copied and pasted on Abe's Twitter, appearing below his text.

The earthquake left at least four people dead and more than 300 injured, according to wire service reports.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel