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Many Palauans today have Japanese blood

By Peter Erick Magbanua KOROR, Palau (Island Times, March 29, 2011) – Palau has raised a total of US$25,716 on day one of the fund-raising activity for the victims of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The event, held in front of the Ministry of Education building Friday, was through the collaboration of the Office of the President and the Palau Red Cross Society.

The Red Cross will continue to solicit and receive contributions for this purpose until May 30. Only donations of money (cash, checks, money orders, etc.) will be accepted. The checks should be made out to the order of the Palau Red Cross Society.

As President Toribiong said, Japan has been one of Palau’s closest allies and has been instrumental in the country’s efforts to develop this young island nation.

He requests all citizens and residents in Palau to participate in the fund-raising drive and to give what they can to help alleviate the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of Japanese who died or who were injured or displaced by the unimaginable effects of the disasters.

[PIR editor’s note: During Japan’s rule over Micronesia in the early 1900’s, Palau was the administrative center for all of Japan’s possessions. Intermarriages between Palauans and Japanese were common. Fewer than 10 percent of the total population of 40,000 were Palauans. The Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development from Japan in 2005 estimated that about 25 percent of Palau's populace has some Japanese ancestry.]

On related developments, Republic of China (ROC) Ambassador to Palau Maggie Tien announced during a dinner reception Friday at the Fleet of Friendship ship that the ROC government has also donated 3.5 million to Japan's relief fund, and the private sector of the ROC has donated 18 times of the government's number (63 million).

Tien, who expressed condolences to Japan on behalf of her government, added that ROC also dispatched a search team to Japan and donated more than 400 tons of supplies including 298 electricity generators, flash lights, diesel fuel, clothes, masks, blankets, bottled mineral water and noodles.

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