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February, 28, 2017

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Taipei City's new decision to classify those making NT$22,207 a month as low- and medium-income households reflects the scale of the challenges facing Taiwan's economy -- and it provides an opportunity to catapult these issues to the forefront of public consciousness.
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Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) on Tuesday canceled its plan to issue a monthly unlimited-use pass for Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. The pass was previously scheduled to go on sale starting Jan. 1.
 
Later this month, Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor. He will be in Honolulu on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 to visit the site of the surprise Japanese attack, which took place on Dec. 7, 1941 and began what Emperor Hirohito called the Great East Asia War.
 
Donald Trump is at it again. He has now applied his habit of speaking off the cuff and letting others pick up the pieces to the "One China" policy -- a cornerstone principle, (whether we like it or not,) that has shaped the so-called status quo across the Taiwan Strait.
 
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu promised more than 250,000 marriage equality supporters gathered at Saturday's rally that she would ensure an amendment legalizing same-sex marriage would be sent for a second reading by Dec. 26.
 
With less than four months to go before the opening of the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC), Taiwan -- normally considered one of international baseball's powerhouses -- seems in disarray.
 
Should Taiwan keep its ban on "nuke food" from Japan? The answer to this question is definitely "yes" if "nuke food" refers to radiation-contaminated food. But the ongoing controversy over the Japanese food ban is not really about irradiated food.
 
The Legislative Yuan has passed the first reading of an amendment targeting ride-sharing company Uber, raising the maximum fine for the provision of illegal passenger transportation services to a hefty NT$25 million.
 
Chen Shui-bian's presidency saw many an unnecessary referendum called. While a majority of these plebiscites were initiated by the Democratic Progressive Party, the then-opposition Kuomintang (KMT) also contributed a few. None of them passed.
 
Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-politician and the founder of the populist Five Star Movement, summed up the ideology behind the global rise of anti-establishment movements with his message for the "No" campaign of a referendum on constitutional reform in Italy: "Vote with your gut, not with your brain."
 
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