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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.
2015/09/01 | Yang
Taiwan's ETC Wins International Award for Customer Service & Marketing Outreach
The Taiwan Highway Electronic Toll Collection System has won the award for Customer Service & Marketing Outreach of IBTTA with its near-perfect accuracy rate of traffic volume and success rate of collecting fees. The system beat other participating countries in Europe and America and was awarded what is known as "the Oscar of the toll collection industry."
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.
2015/08/30 | Yang
Taiwanese WorldSkills Competition Gold Medal Winner Says,
Juan says the public stereotype of refrigeration and air conditioning technicians are people who smoke, chew on betel nut and wear sandals. But the industry needs professionals, and Juan has expectations for himself to contribute to Taiwan and change these perspectives.
2015/08/29 | Yuan
45 Cities Worldwide Take to the Streets for Malaysian Prime Minister to Step Down
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission said in a statement the rally is an illegal activity. It also says the assembly will build up negativity towards the government and damage the nation's image, so it has decided to ban any promotion.
2015/08/28 | Yuan
French Mural Artist Brightens the Walls of Aboriginal Tribes in Taiwan
International mural artist, Julien Malland Seth, has brought his unique style to Taiwan and reinterpreted the island's beauty and culture. The artist says the most exceptional thing he has experienced in these past few days is being surrounded by passionate people.
2015/08/28 | Yang
DPP Presidential Candidate Tsai Ing-wen Addresses Issues in Taiwan
Tsai says, "There was a Japanese governor that said Taiwanese people are difficult to control because they are rebellious. It’s time for us to save our country from the current predicament based on this rebellious determination."
2015/08/27 | Shih Yuan
Starting Salary of NT$22,700 for Substitute Military Service in 2016
The conscripts can negotiate with their bosses regarding salary after they finish their first year of the service period. The salary cannot be lower than the average monthly salary of rookies in the same industry or lower than NT$ 28,000 (approximately US$ 860).
2015/08/26 | Yang
Japanese AV Idol Provoking Controversy for being Printed on EasyCards
Some people have said on the Internet that the EasyCard Corporation made this decision to provoke controversy. Others feel unfair for Yui Hatano and believe preventing her from being the face of EasyCard is discriminating her identity and career.
2015/08/26 | Yuan
Voluntary Military Service in Taiwan to be Postponed Again
If Taiwan aims to build an all-voluntary force by the end of next year, conscripts born before 1993 (around 110,000 people) will be drafted into the substitute service. But they can not work overtime nor can they be sentinels. The military can only continue to recruit conscripts born before 1993.
2015/08/24 | Kenzo
Unreasonable Working Conditions for Migrant Fishermen in Taiwan
There are employers that take NT$ 5,000 (approximately US$ 151) each month out of the fishermen's salary as boarding and food costs. With agencies also cutting unreasonable payments, the workers are left with almost nothing.
2015/08/24 | 阿Ken
Taiwan Will Not Yet Regulate Speech on the Internet
The Vice Premier says there is currently no legislation needed for anti-cyber bullying, yet the society should develop a consensus on the issue and the regulations on Internet speech should also be carried out more rigorously.
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.
2015/08/21 | Yuan
North Korea Ready For War Against South Korea
North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un has announced through official media that its military front line is ready for war and asks South Korea to stop pumping radio propaganda.
2015/08/20 | Kenzo
Taiwan To Extend Limitation on Number of Chinese Tourists
The National Development Council thinks there are ways to strengthen exporting services. Tourism in Taiwan is a part of the service industry; therefore there is still room for improvement and will be the focus for the second half of the year.
2015/08/19 | TNL 編輯
EVA Air Says Unenthusiastic Employees May Resign
Flight attendants of EVA Air are dissatisfied about their working schedules, but the company sent out resigning application saying, "Flight attendants who do not show their devotion can choose to leave."
2015/08/19 | Zou Chi
Taipei City Will Exclude the Rich in Cash Gift for Senior Citizens
The number of recipients will drop from 400,000 to 18,000 people. The government expects to save NT$ 680 million to NT$ 700 million.
2015/08/18 | Shih Yuan
Taipei City Joint Wedding Opens Up to Same-sex Couples
The second joint wedding in Taipei City this year is scheduled to be held on October 24 and will be the first time same-sex couples are allowed to attend.