Taiwan university students in Japan denied disaster relief payments
News On Japan via Kyodo -- Jul 09
Students from Taiwan studying at universities in the disaster-stricken northeastern Japan were barred from applying for emergency relief payments from the Japanese government for foreign students studying at their own expense, sources familiar with the situation said Friday.
The education ministry said they were made ineligible "because of a lack of diplomatic relations with Taiwan." The ministry could face criticism for its apparent inflexible application of the relief plan intended to help students in need including those from Taiwan, one of the most generous donors of charity funds to Japan following the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters, providing around 17 billion yen.
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