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2021/01/27 | TNL Staff

Siri Is Learning Taiwanese

Apple is hiring an engineer to program Siri to “speak” Taiwanese.

2021/01/27 | Bryan Chou

Klook Defies Travel Slowdown, Raises US$200 Million Series E Funding

Travel booking startup Klook has raised a US$200 million Series E round to focus on staycations and digitize the tourism industry.

2021/01/27 | Deutsche Welle

Japan’s Hemp Business Wants To Distance Itself From Image of Narcotics

For centuries, hemp was grown across Japan and used in cuisine, clothing, and traditional rites. It suffered an image problem during the post-war years and has not fully recovered.

2021/01/22 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: Armed Forces University Ban Canceled

The Philippine government has canceled a long standing agreement that barred armed forces from entering the country’s leading university, University of the Philippines.

2021/01/22 | TNL Staff

Plan for Digital ID Card Suspended Amid Controversy

A plan to issue digital identification cards in July was suspended until a special law has been established to govern the matter.

2021/01/22 | Deutsche Welle

Japan To Cancel Tokyo Olympics — Report

A member of Japan’s ruling coalition has said the Games will have to be canceled, according to a British newspaper. The Olympics is due to start in July, but 80% of the Japanese population are against hosting the event.

2021/01/21 | Voice of America

How Covid-19 Is Straining Human Rights in Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

Covid-19 outbreaks have worsened human rights issues in much of Southeast Asia, as countries scramble to revive economies.

2021/01/20 | Deutsche Welle

Thailand: Woman Handed Record 43-Year Sentence for Defaming Monarchy

A former civil servant has been convicted of 29 counts of violating Thailand’s strict lese majeste law. She pleaded guilty to posting audio clips of a podcast produced by a prominent critic of the monarchy.

2021/01/19 | Tonggo Simangunsong

Indonesian Government Official Threatens Legal Trouble For Those Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccine

An Indonesian government official has spoken of penalizing citizens who refuse mandatory Covid-19 vaccination. Human rights organizations and experts have condemned the idea.

2021/01/17 | every little d

Art Book Publisher nos:books Opens Space in Taipei

nos:books in Taipei has finally realized its long held wish of having its own space for exhibitions.

2021/01/15 | Bryan Chou

Indonesia Delays Migrant Worker Fee Exemption

Indonesia’s state agency in charge of migrant worker protection announced today that it will delay the implementation of the “exemption of placement fee policy” by six months.

2021/01/14 | TNL Staff

TSMC To Boost Capital Spending To Meet Surging Demand

TSMC plans to increase capital spending on developing advanced processor technologies as demand surges.

2021/01/14 | Voice of America

Taiwanese Health Official Warns Against Reliance on Coronavirus Vaccines

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung warns people globally to keep up their guard against Covid-19 even as vaccines emerge.

2021/01/13 | Bryan Chou

Virtual Makeup Try-on App Developer Perfect Corp. Raises US$50 Million Series C Funding

Perfect Corp., a New Taipei-based company developing virtual try-on technology, raised a US$50 million Series C round as beauty retailers strive to attract eyeballs online.

2021/01/12 | TNL Staff

Hospital Evacuation After Two Local Infections Confirmed

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announced today two cases of local Covid-19 infections. A physician contracted the virus from a patient and passed it to a nurse.

2021/01/12 | East Asia Forum

How Will Biden’s Strategy on South Asia Differ From Trump’s?

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden might shake up Washington's current foreign policy, but not its South Asia policy.

2021/01/11 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Population Shrinks for the First Time

Taiwan’s population declined for the first time in 2020, as the country struggles with one of the lowest birth rates across the world.

2021/01/11 | Voice of America

US State Department Ends Restrictions on Contacts With Taiwan Officials

The United States is lifting self-imposed restrictions on contacts between U.S. officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, after the Taiwan Assurance Act became law in December.