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2015/10/20 | Yang

Taiwanese Will Be Able To File Taxes With Health Insurance IC Cards Next Year

The Fiscal Information Center points out people need to prepare a health insurance card and a card scanner to register their health insurance IC card on the Internet. By next year, they will only need the card and password to file taxes, which may save a huge amount of money and time.

2015/10/13 | Shih Yuan

Kaohsiung to Launch Shared Electric Car System Inspired by Paris

On October 13, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu signed a cooperation agreement with the promoter of the electric car sharing system, Bolloré Group, to welcome them to invest in Kaohsiung. She hopes that Kaohsiung can become the first city to develop a public electric car system in Taiwan.

2015/10/12 | Yang

New Food Safety Regulations in Taiwan: Chocolate Might Not Be Chocolate Anymore

A large variety of products are named as chocolate, but most of them consist of flavorings, food coloring and other chemical raw materials. Chocolatiers estimate that the cocoa percentage in most chocolate products in Taiwan accounts for less than 1%, meaning the majority of chocolate products need to change their names.

2015/10/12 | Yuan

Taiwanese PhD Student Discovers New Whale Species

Tsai Cheng-hsiu, a Taiwanese PhD student in geology at the University of Otago in New Zealand took over a fossil of a whale left behind by a research team and discovered that it may be the ancestor of the blue whale, dating back to 25 million years ago.

2015/10/08 | Yuan

Indonesia Grants Taiwan Visa Free Privilege

Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya says that from the tourism point of view, Taiwan is one of Indonesia's potential targets in promoting international tourism. He hopes that the number of Taiwanese tourists visiting Indonesia can reach 200 thousand people this year.

2015/10/07 | Yang

Airbnb Proposes to be Legalized in Taiwan

Airbnb has promised to pay taxes and provide tenant insurance, which meets the initial requirements of the Executive Yuan. The travel and B&B industries also welcome Airbnb to come to Taiwan for further development.

2015/10/05 | Zou Chi

Taiwan Railways will Ban Selfie Sticks by the end of 2015

Given the length of selfie sticks, they might accidentally hook cables and cause electric shock, so the JR West Japan Railway Company and Shinkansen have banned the use of the sticks since September. TRA will also refer to JR-West and restrict the selfie sticks from going over the white line on the platform when in use.

2015/10/01 | 阿Ken

Gogoro Releases Gogoro Lite for Half the Price of the Original Smartscooter

Gogoro Lite means to develop the market rapidly and set a competitive price against motor scooters that run on fuel. The scooters will be priced starting from NT$ 62,000 (approximately US$ 1,890) with government subsidy.

2015/09/30 | Yuan

Nearly One Thousand Bookstores in Taiwan Have Shut Down in the Past Decade

Statistics have shown that in 2015, out of a hundred books, eighty of them are purchased through the Internet in Taiwan. Therefore it's not hard to imagine the recession of brick and mortar bookstores and the reason motels are replacing the bookstores that used to line the streets.

2015/09/23 | Yang

Taiwanese Students Win Gold at the 2015 Student Academy Awards

Taiwanese students Alyce Tzue and Anson Yu have won the Gold Medal for Animation in the 42nd Student Academy Awards with their 3D short animation, "Soar." This is the first time a Taiwanese student has won a Student Academy Award since 2008.