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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.

2015/08/18 | Sid Weng

Myanmar Girls Forced To Sell Their Virginity

Myanmar people believe that breaking one's virginity can prolong life and even treat AIDS, so many locals living in poverty sell their daughters' virginity to survive and there is quite a large demand for a girl's chastity.

2015/08/18 | Yuan

27 Dead and 125 Injured in Bangkok Explosion

A popular tourist attraction near the Erawan shrine in Bangkok, Thailand exploded on the evening of August 17.

2015/08/17 | Yang

President Ma Says Taiwan Might Be The Only Country That Believes Comfort Women Weren't Forced

There have been recent voices in Taiwan saying some of the comfort women were voluntary, which sparked a heated debate. Ma says the CNN website mentions Taiwan might be the only country that doesn’t believe the comfort women were forced.

2015/08/16 | Zou Chi

(Updated) Confirmed Salary Hike for Migrant Domestic Workers in Taiwan After 18 Years

220,000 foreign home care workers in Taiwan live on a monthly salary of NT$ 15,840 (approximately US$ 491). Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam have joined together to request the Ministry of Labour to increase the monthly salary to NT$ 17,500 (approximately US$ 543), or they would boycott importing labor through administrative procedures.