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Vandals cut head off Taiwan statue of Japanese engineer

Jiji Press TAIPEI (Jiji Press) — The statue of a Japanese engineer built at a dam in Tainan, southern Taiwan, has been vandalized, according to the city.

On Sunday morning, the head of the statue of Yoichi Hatta, who contributed to the construction of the Wushantou Reservoir dam, was found to be cut off. Its whereabouts are unknown.

Hatta, born in 1886 in Kanazawa, was involved in irrigation projects for the drought-prone Chianan Plain in the central southern area of Taiwan when the region was under Japanese rule. He helped complete the largest dam in Asia at the time in 1930.

The achievements of Hatta appear in Taiwanese textbooks as something that helped turn the Chianan Plain into Taiwan’s biggest grain-growing area.Speech

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