Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A naming dispute that jeopardized an exhibition that took a decade to prepare, featuring artifacts on loan from Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM), was finally resolved late last month when the Japanese side issued an apology in Tokyo.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Legislative Yuan closed its extraordinary session last Friday without confirming President Ma Ying-jeou's nomination of a new 29-member Control Yuan, thanks to the “technical” opposition put up by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on the floor. Opposition party lawmakers blocked the access of their Kuomintang (KMT) counterparts to the ballot box until Wang Jin-pyng, president of the Legislative Yuan or parliament speaker, declared the session adjourned.
Monday, July 7, 2014
The YouBike public bicycle rental system has been proven a huge success in the Taipei area, and it has made a promising start in Changhua County (彰化縣), where more than 100,000 people have already enjoyed a ride in the first month of service. The local government set up 750 bicycles at 22 rental stations around the county, home to 1.3 million people — the first time a locality outside of the Greater Taipei area has used the Giant-made YouBikes as part of its public transit infrastructure. That is good news.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Lawmakers wasted the last day of their extraordinary session during the summer break on Friday bickering over nominations to the highest government watchdog, the Control Yuan.
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.