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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).

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.