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2015/10/23 | Shih Yuan
New Voluntary Guardian System in Taiwan States Guardians Do Not Need to be Blood Relatives
According to the existing guardian system, almost all guardians are children or relatives. The new system allows the elderly to choose their guardian when they are still sane. The candidates aren't limited to blood relatives and their rights and obligations are written in plain text, which may reduce family disputes and the burden of the society.
2015/10/23 | 阿Ken
Event Organizer of Water Park Explosion Says KMT Presidential Candidate Is Lying
Lu held a press conference on October 22, arguing that the prosecutors had not gone after the New Taipei City Government and also criticized Eric Chu, KMT 2016 presidential candidate, of claiming that the government did not know anything in advance. Lu indicated that Chu was lying and shirking responsibility.
2015/10/22 | Zou Chi
Chinese Tourists Only Bringing People and No Revenue to Taiwan?
Legislator Chen Ou-po says that the tourism industry has been overly dependent on Chinese tourists, but their average travel budget is only US$ 94. However, the average travel budget for Australian tourists is US$ 1,223, which means the expenses of one Australian tourist's equals to that of 13 Chinese tourists. Chen suggests that Taiwan should seek more tourists from other countries instead of relying on China.
2015/10/22 | Kenzo
Dispute over Radioactive Waste on Orchid Island Will Not Be Solved Before 2021
Plans were once made to ship the low-level radioactive waste stored on Orchid Island to North Korea, but later changed the plan to seeking other locations within the country. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has ratified two possible locations in 2012, but because of the disapproval of local governments, the referendum has yet to be held.
2015/10/22 | 阿Ken
Taiwan Plans to Build Solar Power Station in Saudi Arabia
Taipower Chairman Huang Jung-chiou says that the cooperation between Taipower and Saudi Arabia will be a benchmark for the Ministry of Economic Affairs to strengthen the structure of exports in Taiwan, as well as to raise the gross profit margin.
2015/10/21 | Yang
Are Taiwan Fruits Too Sweet? Authorities To Retrieve Their Natural Flavor
Why do Taiwanese farmers grow fruits with high degree of sweetness but low production volume and not the other way around? People say this shows the market trend.
2015/10/16 | Yang
Water Park Explosion Case Concluded and Event Organizer Charged
Prosecutors say that there wasn’t a breakdown of electric or lighting devices. Nine people were accused, but only the event organizer, Lu Chung-chi (also manager of Play Color Co.), was prosecuted for negligence that led to death and injury and offenses against public safety.
2015/10/16 | Yang
CEO of IMei Foods Says Presidential Candidate Tsai's New Food Safety Policies Are Flawed
CEO of IMei Foods Co., Luis Ko, participated in Tsai's press conference in which the presidential candidate announced five new food safety policies, but Ko emphasized three times that he didn't believe the policies were perfect and there was a lot of room for improvement.
2015/10/15 | Zou Chi
Smart Phones Will Be Allowed in Taiwan Obligatory Military Service
The Army Command Headquarters has given order that soldiers in the obligatory military service will be allowed to use smartphones in the camp starting from next month. Regarding this, retired soldiers of the obligatory military say that the Ministry of National Defense has been forced to allow the use of smart phones because they are already everywhere in the camp.
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.
2015/10/15 | Zou Chi
New Bill Allowing Political and Military Investments in Taiwan Media Raises Concerns
Guan Zhong-xiang, associate professor at Chung Cheng University, says that the cable television industry is already open for foreign investments and if broadcast television is opened as well, there might be less locally produced programs and the industry will become a relaying platform for foreign television programs. Guan also fears that the new bill will grant the government power to manipulate public opinions.
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.
2015/10/12 | 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.
2015/10/07 | 阿Ken
39 Banks in Taiwan Might Be Asking Employees To Work Illegal Overtime Hours
According to the results from the Taipei City Department of Labor's inspection on working conditions in the banking industry, among 32 banks, 97% did not comply to regulations regarding payments of working overtime, 69% were beyond legal overtime hours and 56% failed to hold labor-management meetings according to regulations. The fine is estimated to be about NT$ 9 million (approximately US$ 270 thousand).