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While the Sunflower Movement has its Taiwan-specific causes — most prominently the anxiety over mainland Chinese influence — the protest and the public discontent it represents are the manifestations of a more global trend of income inequality.
It has seemed like professional baseball in Taiwan is enjoying a rosier outlook since the local Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL, 中華職棒) announced this January that MP & Silva, an international media rights company, won the rights to broadcast league games for the next six years with a landmark NT$2.1 billion deal.
Political pundits are making suggestions that former President Chen Shui-bian be pardoned to soften the deepening antagonism of the Democratic Progressive Party against President Ma Ying-jeou's Kuomintang in the aftermath of the devastating Sunflower student movement.
Father Brendan O'Connell, who founded an institute for developmentally impaired children and worked in Taiwan for over fifty years and wanted to apply for R.O.C. citizenship, received a make-do R.O.C. I.D. constructed by an admirer last week. Despite thanking the man for his goodwill, O'Connell stated 'I don't want this fake thing, I want the real one!” The episode was shown on Formosa TV.
When a game is over and the score is official, the referee will typically blow a whistle and announce the winner. Last night, Sean Lien (連勝文), the son of former Vice President Lien Chan (連戰), won the ruling Kuomintang's (KMT) primary to emerge as the party's candidate for the mayoral election in Taipei in November. So, let's blow the whistle.
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Imagine if only five voters go to the polls to elect Taiwan's president in a four-ticket race. One of the presidential tickets gets two votes, and one each for the rest. The candidate who receives two votes becomes president.
“If professor Tsay (political activist Tsay Ting-kuei) doesn't get his (parade permit) back, you really have to be careful. You will lead to the demise of the Ma administration; you will cause your own assassination. I'm not threatening you. I'm describing the facts,” student activist Hung Chung-yen (洪崇晏) told Zhongzheng First Precinct chief Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧) during a demonstration outside of the precinct office on April 11.
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There have been cynical assessments that business will go on as usual in Taiwanese politics post-Sunflower Movement. The reshuffling of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leadership on Monday quickly discredited such views.
Japan's Chiushingura (忠臣藏) is probably the world's longest running audiovisual entertainment series.
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A lot of noise was made in December after China sent its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, on a jaunt through the South China Sea. The deployment, termed a “training exercise” by the mainland government, caused great concern in Taiwan and Japan, coming shortly after Beijing's controversial expansion of its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) to include islands administered by Japan and claimed by China.
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