A Kobe-based group of volunteers said Monday they will support and encourage Taiwanese exchange students in Japan with financial difficulties to return to Taiwan so that they can assist with the recovery from last Tuesday’s earthquake there.

Osyo Yamada, representative of Kobe Genkimura, a volunteer group supporting those who suffered from the 1995 Hanshin earthquake, said the group, together with the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, have successfully negotiated with Taiwan’s Ever Green Airlines to offer their vacant seats free of charge to any Taiwanese students who wish to return.

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