Recently the NHK News reported the following:
On the 11th it would be half a year since the East Japan great earthquake; in Hong Kong where the economic tie with Japan was strong, as the damage caused by rumors about Japan had died out, a book which introduced the situation of Japan after the earthquake disaster was published in order to broaden the circle of support.
The book entitled "Japan: a fresh start" was an essay collection focused over 20 Hong Kong people who were staying in Japan at the time of the occurrence of the earthquake disaster, and the book brought together the writings done by them. In this book, the condition of the civic life of the people after the earthquake, the situation of the stricken area as seen by visiting volunteers, and the situation of Japan in this half year were described based on the first hand experience. For Japan, Hong Kong was the largest export destination for agriculture-and-forestry and marine products including food. On the other hand, it was also an area where many people visited Japan for sightseeing. However, after the earthquake disaster there were the uneasiness over the nuclear power plant disaster and the damages caused by rumors, the import of the food from Japan and the amount of tourist to Japan both decreased sharply compared with last year. On the 11st, a press conference with the authors together in connection with book's publication was held; Ms. Sum Bick-fun who was in Tokyo at the time when the earthquake disaster occurred, and also had visited Japan several times afterwards said "We have stayed in Japan, we would like to let more people know that it is fine there, and we hope that people would travel to Japan or eat Japanese food just like before." It was said that at this moment, this book was sold in Hong Kong and Taiwan; and some sales proceeds would be donated to the earthquake stricken area for disaster recovery.
Probably Hong Kong people's confidence in Japan may need time to build up.