Japanese man visits Taiwan for reunion with former nanny
Central News Agency
2008-12-30 05:52 PM
(Photo available, No. 42) Taipei, Dec. 30 (CAN) A Japanese who had been searching for his former nanny in Taiwan for a long time had a warm reunion with her Tuesday.

The 66-year-old man, Kenji Okuzono, met with Lin Shui-juan, 82, for the first time in more than 60 years at the office of the Changhua County government, which helped to arrange the meeting.

Okuzono expressed his heartfelt appreciation to Lin and her elder sister, who has since passed away, for taking care of him when he was a child.

He said that he was only three years old when he lived in Taiwan and he had no memory of Lin and her sister. But "at the urging of my mother that I should locate them and express my appreciation, I embarked on this journey," he said.

Lin said that Okuzono's appearance has changed completely from when he was a child, but that when she saw him she experienced a sense of closeness.

Okuzono said that when he returns to Japan, he will work hard to save enough money to treat Lin to a trip to Japan so she and his mother could see each other again.

As a child, Okuzono lived in Hemei township, Changhua County. His father was serving as a policeman in Taiwan at the time.

He said that after his father's death, his mother often spoke about their life in Taiwan and the care Lin took of him. He therefore wanted to visit Taiwan to fulfill his mother's wishes, he added.

Armed with only an old photo and an old address, he first solicited assistance from the Osaka office of the semi-official Taiwan External Trade Development Council. Through the council, he sought further help from the offices of land administration in Hemei, Yuanlin and Lukang to check the land administration documents and other data from the Japanese colonial era, which helped him to locate Lin.

(By Lilian Wu)

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