A good story

452309Both countries baseball fans carry the flag of Taiwan, “Conglatulations Japan” in Japanese on the flag.
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500274After tha game the Taiwan team members bow deeply at stands.
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459276Japanese audiences with the board saying “Thank you Taiwan for big aid to 3.11”
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The World Baseball Classic was over.
Japan lost to Puerto Rico in the final round. but I heard a touching story concerning this international Baseball Tournaments.
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When Japan experienced a terrible disaster just two years ago, all over the world people send us their deep sympathy, sincere prayer and comforting words. Most Japanese were surprised first at seeing too many people care about us, and then very impressed, encouraged by them. We will never forget that. Above all, the Taiwanese raised more than $200 million for the Tohoku earthquake victims. Afterwards Jp’s Gvot placed ads to express Japan’s deep thanks in local papers of the countries that made donations to Japan, but we couldn’t see the name of Taiwan there for maybe the political reason. We felt annoyed with both Jp and Cn governments that abused Taiwan People’s goodwill.
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So, Japanese baseball fans thought of an idea that they would express special thanks to Taiwan by hunging hand-made boards saying “thank you Taiwan” at the match of the WBC between Japan and Taiwan in Tokyo Dome. In the end Japan won the game but it came to a great and exiting one enough to become history. While a tense seesaw battle unfolded many Japanese audience hold the boards in their hands and supported both team. What is the most touching scene there was that after the game all Taiwan players emerged from the bench and bowed deeply at the stands. What a beautiful scene! The game was filled with the real pleasure of the sports and respect for each other.
I was more than glad and moved to see that Taiwan people even now share the values like courtesy which Japanese have placed importance on for long time, though it seems they must have had mixed feelings about Japan in the history between the two nations.