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2016/02/02 | Sid Weng

Too Many Tourists? Japan To Launch Preclearance Facilities in Taiwan

With the increase of Japan’s inbound visitors, the Japanese government plans to open preclearance facilities in several countries, including Taiwan, which ranks third in the number of tourists visiting Japan.

2015/12/23 | Sid Weng

Celebrating Christmas in Brunei May Lead to Five Years in Jail

Brunei introduced its ban on Christmas last year over fear that celebrating it excessively and openly could lead its Muslim population astray. Local Islamic religious leaders have promoted the ban, warning that celebrating Christmas is tantamount to imitation of another faith and is prohibited in some interpretations of Islam.

2015/12/20 | Sid Weng

Taiwan Welcomes Ten Millionth Visitor and Becomes Ninth Most Visited Country in Asia

Taiwan's visitor expenditures grow annually and the island ranked number 24 in visitor expenditures in the world in 2014. This has attracted international hotel chains to invest up to NT$ 354.5 billion (approximately US$ 10.7 billion) in the local hotel industry from 2008 to 2016.

2015/11/29 | Sid Weng

Taipei MRT Introducing New Coding System for Foreigners

The new Taipei MRT signs will mark each station with the acronym of the color of the MRT line along with a number. If the station is at the intersection of two metro lines, it will have two numbers. Take Taipei Main Station for example; it is on the intersection of Tamsui-Xinyi Line (red line) and Bannan Line (blue line) so it will be labeled as R10 and BL12.

2015/10/29 | Sid Weng

2015 Freedom on the Net Report Shows China Offers Internet Users Least Freedom

Freedom House has been rating the degree of Internet freedom from 2011. Iran has placed last in the last four reports, but this year China has surpassed Iran and is now the country that offers least freedom on the Net.

2015/10/15 | Sid Weng

Japan Displeased with Inclusion of the Nanjing Massacre in the Memory of the World by UNESCO

During Chinese State Councilor Yang Jie-chi’s visit to Japan, UNESCO decided to include the 1937 Nanjing Massacre documents in the Memory of the World. Tokyo remains suspicious about the credibility of these documents and protests against the decision. Japan is also considering suspending its funding for UNESCO.

2015/10/14 | Sid Weng

South Korea Forcing Schools to Use Government-Issued History Textbooks

Opposing parties, students and scholars have criticized the government for distorting the history of South Korea, accusing the government for being against the democracy. More than 60 thousand professors disapprove the government's actions, along with dozens of university students, labor unions and religious and social movement organizations. Many citizens and student groups have taken to the streets and were driven away by the police.

2015/09/30 | Sid Weng

Asians to be Largest Immigrant Population in the US Forty Years from Now

Starting from 2011, another big transformation began in the structure of the immigrant population. Those coming from Asia, especially India and China, already exceeded those from Latin America.

2015/09/22 | Sid Weng

How Polluted is the Air Today? Check Out the Real-time Air Pollution Map

Through the map, people can learn about the current air pollution situation in their location to consider whether to go out for a run or to take protective measures. On the other hand, it can also urge local governments to take action to reduce air pollution before it turns severe.

2015/09/02 | Sid Weng

Australians Protesting Against Chinese Property Tycoons

Chinese property tycoons have flocked to invest in Australian real estate in recent years, skyrocketing local housing prices and upsetting some Australians.

2015/08/31 | Sid Weng

120,000 Japanese Surround the Capitol in Protest of New Security Bill

Opposers see the amendment as a "legislation of war" and are worried young people will be forced to go on the battlefield if Japan gets involved in international wars.

2015/08/27 | Sid Weng

Japanese Students Protest Against Japan-U.S. Security Treaty

According to a poll conducted by the Japanese media, Abe’s supporting rate has decreased 30 percent during the examination of the treaty. The Japanese Prime Minister has no choice but to extend the parliament recession that was supposed to end on June 22 to September 27 in order to pass the treaty.

2015/08/21 | Sid Weng

Best-before Dates Causing Serious Food Waste in Japan

Japan has implemented the three-point system. Food preserved over one-third of the best-before date needs to be taken off from the shelf and disposed.

2015/08/18 | Sid Weng

Myanmar Girls Forced To Sell Their Virginity

Myanmar people believe that breaking one's virginity can prolong life and even treat AIDS, so many locals living in poverty sell their daughters' virginity to survive and there is quite a large demand for a girl's chastity.

2015/08/14 | Sid Weng

McDonald's Japan Facing Largest Deficit in Its History

McDonald’s Japan presented their financial statement of the first half of the year on August 12. It states the fast food chain has broke the record for largest deficit since 2001 with a net loss of JPY$ 26.2 billion (approximately US$ 210 million).

2015/08/11 | Sid Weng

Pakistan's Largest Child Abuse Scandal

Since 2006, over 400 child pornography movies were made. The money that was handed over reached up to 80 million rupees (approximately $ NT 24.84 million). If the money was not paid, criminals would sell the movies for merely 40 rupees (approximately $NT 12).