Fukuoka Prefectural Government Donates JPY 1 Million For Typhoon Pablo Victims

Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez receives the donation from Mr. Fumio Murakami, representative of Fukuoka Prefectural Government in Tokyo.

In a letter to President Benigno S. Aquino III, Fukuoka Prefecture Governor Hiroshi Ogawa conveyed sympathies for the devastation and loss of lives caused by Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) in the Philippines. Governor Ogawa also sent his representative, Mr. Fumio Murakami, to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo on 20 December 2012 to present the prefecture’s donation of JPY 1 million (approximately Php 500,000) for the typhoon victims.

Ambassador Lopez expressed his appreciation for the Fukuoka prefecture’s generous donation. He noted that many Filipino nationals reside in Fukuoka. Latest Japanese Immigration figures show around 3,700 Filipinos registered in the prefecture. The Ambassador said that the Filipinos in Fukuoka would be very pleased to learn of the prefecture’s donation to their countrymen.

Fukuoka is located in Japan’s Kyushu island. According to Mr. Murakami, it is the most dynamic region in Kyushu. Fukuoka serves not only as the center of Kyushu but also as a focal point for the Asian market due to its proximity to China and Korea. The prefecture is also keen to strengthen its economic and cultural ties with Asian countries.