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2015/08/31 | Shih Yuan

Seven National Holidays Cut Back in Taiwan Starting From 2016

With the amendment of the Labor Standards Act being carried out in 2016, weekly working hours will be reduced to 40 hours and the Ministry of Labor has decided to unify leave benefits. It will promote five-day weeks and cut the number of national holidays from 19 to 12 days.

2015/08/31 | Kenzo

Four Taiwanese Airlines to Allow the Use of Personal Electronics for the Entire Trip

China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, EVA AIR and UNI AIR are allowing the use of personal electronics through the entire trip starting from September 1.

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).

2015/08/27 | Sid Weng

Japanese Students Protest Against Japan-U.S. Security Treaty

According to a poll conducted by the Japanese media, Abe’s supporting rate has decreased 30 percent during the examination of the treaty. The Japanese Prime Minister has no choice but to extend the parliament recession that was supposed to end on June 22 to September 27 in order to pass the treaty.

2015/08/26 | TNL 編輯

Taiwan is Second Freest Country in Asia and Hong Kong First

Hong Kong is unique in the way that it long enjoyed high levels of not only economic freedom but also personal liberty and income without transitioning to democracy. The territory’s close adherence to the policies and institutions it inherited from the British, including the rule of law, explains the stability of its governing system.

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 | Yang

Taiwanese Are Willing to Line Up For 30 Minutes, But After That...

If it takes no time to obtain the commodity or if there is no one lining up for it, people cannot associate it with high quality service. The 30 minutes become the turning point of one’s mood while waiting in lines and play a key role in marketing tactics.

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.

2015/08/25 | 關鍵評論網 ASEAN:馬六甲

Parliament of Singapore Dissolved and General Election to be Held in September

PAP Organising Secretary and Minister of Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen said earlier that this will be Singapore's first election in the post-Lee Kuan Yew generation. The election without Lee Kuan Yew will be a milestone for Singaporeans to make a significant choice for the country.

2015/08/25 | Zou Chi

First Aboriginal Textbook launches in Taiwan

“When mainstream teaching materials can not teach the aboriginal kids how to understand themselves, then we must figure out a curriculum and teaching materials suitable for aboriginals to allow the kids to learn by what they are most familiar with.”

2015/08/25 | Yuan

TSMC Wins Case Against Former Employee Who Disclosed Classified Information to Samsung

After his non-compete clause ended in February of 2011, Liang Meng-song collected the obligated NT$ 46,000,000 (approximately US$ 1.4 million) worth of stock dividends and was employed at Samsung in July the same year. But TSMC suspected Liang of leaking classified information to Samsung and appealed to forbid him to work for Samsung until the end of this year.

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.