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2015/12/31 | TNL 編輯

Post Offices Closing Down Around The World; Taipei Mayor Calls To Follow

Post offices are facing the challenge of transformation and reconstruction as new ways of transportation are threatening traditional postal services. Bloomberg reports, many countries have closed as many of their brick-and-mortar post offices as possible, moving these services into gas stations and convenience stores.

2015/12/30 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:馬六甲

20-Year-Old Indonesian Girl Publicly Caned for Premarital Sex

“Take these punishments as a lesson. What has been done by these convicts should not be taken as an example,” said Banda Aceh Deputy Mayor Zainal Arifin, according to the Antara news agency.

2015/12/30 | Kenzo

Limited Hunting to be Allowed for Aboriginals during Tribal Ceremonies

Minister of the Interior, Chen Wei-zen, says they are currently discussing to allow aboriginals to hunt limited non-endangered animals during tribal ceremonies. Chen stresses that he hopes the aboriginal hunting culture will be preserved through legal means and respect.

2015/12/30 | Anita Chow

New Book Speculates China’s Former Premier to Be Gay

Zhou Enlai, who is titled as the people's premier, had a long marriage of 50 years, but he had no children. Tsoi believes that Zhou had once been in love with a male schoolmate two years his junior named Li Fujing, and he and his wife Deng Yingchao had no romantic relationship. However, Tsoi does not provide any evidence. Her thoughts are merely speculations based on Zhou and Deng's diaries, letters and articles.

2015/12/30 | Yang

Cross-Strait Hotline Officially Launches

Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Hsia Li-yan says that this hotline is the concrete result from the meeting between the cross-strait leaders. He hopes that through this hotline, the communication between Taipei and Beijing can become smoother in terms of emergencies and other important issues.

2015/12/29 | Zou Chi

Morale Said to be Lowered among Taiwan Police after Policeman Ruled Guilty for Negligent Homocide

Ye Yu-lan, former professor at the Central Police University criticized that the unfair judges and prosecutors have forced the police to not take action. She wonders who else would be willing to protect the civilians in the future.

2015/12/29 | Yang

Japan and South Korea to Resolve Comfort Women Issue, What About Taiwan?

The Japanese government will provide a JPY one billion (approximately US$8.3 million) fund for South Korea and both of countries agree to put the comfort woman issue to an end. But Japan has not made any statement regarding the Taiwanese comfort women.

2015/12/28 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:Indochina

Myanmar Jade Mine Landslide Arouses Attention to China's Strong Demand for Jade

Last month, a landslide in the same mountainous area in Kachin State killed 114 people. The landslide occurred in Hpakant, an area where lies the source of virtually all of the world's finest jadeite, a near-translucent green stone that is enormously prized in neighboring China and attracts the poor-stricken workers to risk their lives mining over the place.

2015/12/28 | Kenzo

Taiwan Hospitals Overcrowded; Medical Reformation Groups Call for New Systems

Zhang Ke-shi, Secretary-General of TCHA points out that currently the hospitals are overcrowded while almost half of the local clinics have shut down. He says that medical centers were meant for patients in need of critical care, but now the system is almost paralyzed because people are used to coming in for minor illnesses. This not only increases the medical staff's workload, but the doctors are also forced to cut back their teaching and research time.

2015/12/27 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:Indochina

China and Vietnam Signs First Cooperation Agreement

China also emphasized the need to boost people-to-people exchange between the two countries to further foster comprehensive cooperation, especially in economics and trade, hoping to solve the current imbalanced economic relationship between the two nations.

2015/12/27 | Kenzo

China Might Deport French Journalist for Article on China's Race Policy

French journalist of L'Obs magazine, Ursula Gauthier, which was published on November 18, accused the Chinese authorities of using the Paris attacks to justify the repression in Xinjiang. She believes the reason Beijing claims to stand with Paris is to win international support to justify crackdowns on the Uighur people.

2015/12/26 | Yang

JPY One Billion Fund Might Resolve Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Issue

Japanese government hopes to put an end to the comfort women issue and that South Korea will never bring up the issue again. Meanwhile, it also asked to remove the comfort women statue in front of its embassy in Seoul and to promise to stop setting up statues of comfort women in the US.

2015/12/25 | TNL 編輯

Workers Are Scrambling to Finish Construction of the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum

During his presidential campaign, President Ma Ying-jeou said the branch would be opened at the end of April in 2012. He said the construction would be listed in the “I-Taiwan 12 Projects.” However, he failed to realize this promise. Ma said again this March that the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Chiayi would be open for a trial operation on December 28. To realize his words, construction workers are scrambling and working 24 hours a day.

2015/12/25 | Yang

Thirteenth Negotiation for Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Postponed

Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Bao-ji says that negotiations on agriculture give Taiwan a lot of opportunities. Thai edamame beans exported to China are not charged tariff, but Taiwanese ones are charged a 6% tariff while orchids are also charged a 12% tariff. However, after Taiwan joins the TPP, highly competitive local products will have more influence if no tariff is charged.

2015/12/24 | Kenzo

Exposure to PM2.5 Led to over 6,000 Deaths in Taiwan Last Year

According to the latest research from the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University (NTU), PM2.5 particles will not only increase risk of pulmonary tuberculosis, but also increase death threats of chronic diseases. It is estimated that over 6,000 people died from the exposure of PM2.5 last year.

2015/12/24 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:馬六甲

Malaysia Senate Passes Controversial Security Bill

The Malaysian government says the bill will help tackle violent extremism, but critics fear it gives authorities and the government too much power.

2015/12/23 | Shih Yuan

2015 Noble Prize Laureate Says What University You Graduate From Isn't That Important

Kajita Takaaki says that his special quality is that he is very optimistic. Although Saitama University, from which he graduated, is not a top university in Japan, he still encourages the students that they can still conduct good research as long as they can find their own interests.

2015/12/23 | Kenzo

Male Police Officer Dismissed For Wearing Long Hair Draws Criticism in Taiwan

Deputy Secretary General of Taiwan Association for Human Rights (TAHR) Shi Yi-xiang points out that the National Police Agency (NPA) does not care about wearing long hair or not. The NPA is worried that once they give in and set a precedent, the police will start questioning the value of their superiors' commands.