2020 Volume 53 Pages 25-29
Memorial service of Hatta Yoichi is held every year in Usanto dam on May 8 of the anniversary of a death of Hatta since 1943. The sponsor is Chianan Irrigation Association. This organization is in charge of the dam and the supply of water facilities in the local area. In this year it was held a lot of attendants including Mayor of Tainan and Mayor of Kanazawa, grandson of Yoichi, Mr. Hatta Shunichi and Hatta family. This indicates Taiwanese great gratitude to him. People feeling to him in Taiwan is consistent after the World War II. After the War, Japan was being blamed severely in Taiwan. It was difficult to praise a Japanese in an official occasion. Nevertheless Hatta Yoichi was an exception. Usanto dam concerned expressed respect about him to Japanese who visited this place from 1950's. Now Taiwanese likes him across a political party.