Saturday, July 5, 2014
On Tuesday, the Japanese cabinet approved a dramatic change in the defense policy of the nation. The long-held limitation on the use of armed force, which according to longstanding enumeration of the “Peace Constitution” was strictly limited to the self-defense of Japanese territory, was expanded to allow “collective defense.”
Friday, July 4, 2014
On Tuesday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told members of the foreign press that the Resolution on Taiwan's Future (台灣前途決議文) is the “most important” document of the DPP. She added, however, that the resolution is an “interpretation” of the charter. Typical of a politician, her remarks were neither here nor there.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Following an overwhelming public outcry, the Food and Drug Administration of the Ministry of Health and Welfare yesterday reversed its decision to allow manufacturers to use the time-honored label of “Hsinchu Rice Noodles” (新竹米粉) on their products.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
It is natural for those with power in hand to put words into the reluctant mouths of others. Regardless of the motivation, the act is undoubtedly efficient when the people under your thumb are the citizens you are ruling over.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Taiwan independence kingpin Koo Kuan-min has a gnawing worry. A senior advisor to President Chen Shui-bian, Koo hopes their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will come back to power in 2016 but does not want to see the Kuomintang (KMT) knocked out and unable to stand up again. He described his uneasy apprehension in an exclusive interview with the widely circulated China Times.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Today, we are celebrating the seventh World Industrial Design Day (World ID Day, 世界工業設計日 臺), an annual celebration recognizing the industrial design profession.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Cross-strait ties have shown some good signs this week amid a ground-breaking visit to the island by Beijing's top Taiwan policymaker.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Former Premier Sean Chen on Monday called on his old boss to set an example for the nation's public servants by taking a vacation. The public expectation for civil servants to be non-stop workers is unhealthy, he pointed out.
Friday, June 27, 2014
After being in office for over 100 days, Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) recently shared his ideas on how to improve the nation's unreasonably high-priced housing market in urban areas. He also presented ideas on how to raise funds for national parks.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Last Friday, the Japanese government presented a report on their review of the 1993 Kono statement on the history of their military's sex slaves, euphemistically called comfort women. In the statement, Yohei Kono, the then-Cabinet secretary, acknowledged that women in Taiwan,