A memorial ceremony was held in Taipei on Monday to mark the eighth anniversary of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which devastated northeastern Japan, and express gratitude for the assistance provided by Taiwan.

Around 80 people attended the event held at the Taipei office of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, Japan's de facto embassy in Taiwan in the absence of official ties.

The ceremony began with the observation of a minute of silence at 1:46 p.m., the local time when the quake occurred on March 11, 2011.