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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).
2015/10/02 | Shih Yuan
Students Take Off Uniform Skirts for Rights to Wear Shorts
The students shouted, "Equal rights to men and women, shorts are innocent," and "There is no PE class today, but I want to wear sportswear." Students at the scene immediately recorded the incident with their smartphones and uploaded the video clips to Facebook.
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.
2015/09/24 | Yuan
Taiwanese Film Takes Taiwanese History Beyond The 228 Event
Producer Khan Lee says the difficulties of Taiwan in recent years is not having culture and that creativity comes from having culture. He enjoys taiga drama the most, but no one writes historic plays, therefore he used drama reproduction methods to film "Attabu 2."
2015/09/22 | Zou Chi
Taiwanese Police Disguised as Social Workers during Investigation Arouses Controversy
The police in Kaohsiung recently disguised themselves up as social workers and arrested 12 people, including a drug trafficking couple. This has angered netizens from the social service field and they criticize the police for taking advantage of the marginalized family's trust established by the dedication of the social workers, and worry this trust may collapse overnight.
2015/09/22 | Yang
PFP Criticizes Single Women Presidential Candidates for Not Understanding Family Needs
Lin Jing-yi, the director of the DPP Sisterhood, says that single women are unlucky to live in Taiwan. Bosses will say, "You don't need to take care of the children," when single women are working overtime. They also have the responsibility to take care of the sick elders in the family because, "You don't have a family." When the country is facing the crisis of low fertility rate, single women are blamed for the national security crisis.
2015/09/18 | Kenzo
Taipei Named Most Dangerous City in the World
Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul were named the three most vulnerable cities when facing global disasters. If adding on the scale of economic loss of accidents or natural disasters, Taipei estimates a loss of US$ 181.2 billion, becoming the most vulnerable city in the world.
2015/09/18 | Kenzo
Why Is The Government Issuing Porn Star EasyCards but not Talking about Legalizing Sex Trade?
Collective Of Sex Workers And Supporters (COSWAS) points out that the government and the EasyCard Corporation have been avoiding the fundamental problem of the sex industry. The association publicly calls on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je to support the rights of prostitutes and requests the Taipei City government to state their stand regarding the sex industry and policies legalizing sex trade.
2015/09/15 | Zou Chi
Loss of Transitional Justice: Japanese Victim of 228 Incident is Rejected Compensation from Taiwanese Government
The Ministry of the Interior said that after the break-off of the diplomatic relationship between Taiwan and Japan, there was no precedent to be conformed to, and in situations of Taiwanese citizens applying for compensation to Japanese government, like the cases of comfort women during the WWII, no compensation was granted. The Ministry of the Interior thus decided to reject the application of compensation on grounds of the principle of equality and mutual benefits.
2015/09/14 | Yang
Taipei Mayor Ko Says A Definite Party Alternation in 2016
Ma's government ran the office inappropriately, which resulted in failure of democracy and accumulation of people’s complaints. This led to the outbreak of the Sunflower Movement. The difference between former president Lee Teng-hui and Ma is the latter was unable to guide the power of the people and resolve the issue.