Some nations believe themselves to be great. Some vow to be great again. Some have the word great in their name. But the greatness of a nation does not stem merely from its economic clout, its military might and its technological advancement.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in trouble. He donated 1 million yen (US$9,000) through his wife Akie to a school run by ultranationalist educators in Osaka, and a possible land-buying scandal with political influence has emerged.
While the rest of Asia has started to consolidate their resources in entertainment and to cooperate in broadcasting their programs with each other, Taiwan has decided to either stick with reruns of old local programs, make new shows that are only appealing to ourselves, or simply pay to view programs made by China, Korea and Japan without being a part of the opportunity ourselves.
The Ministry of Labor's latest plan to exempt logistics companies from the regular "one fixed, one flexible" day off scheme has drawn a wave of resistance from the sector.
Being promoted to the post of general is seen as the highest honor that can be bestowed upon military personnel. Only the most experienced and decorated senior military officers receive such recognition -- which also acts as recognition of their devotion to the country and the troops.
In an age when most people in developed countries own a smartphone and workers are worried of being made redundant by artificial intelligence, it is easy to forget how provincial human society can sometimes be.
President Tsai Ing-wen's announcement last week of an NT$8 billion light rail "tram-train system" between Keelung and Taipei's Nangang District has had a mixed response.
China is the world's first and only continuing civilization, one reason being what Etienne Balazs has called "officialism." Its most conspicuous sign is the uninterrupted continuity of a ruling class of scholar officials steeped in Confucian classics.
A couple of months after President Tsai-Ing wen took office, she vowed to improve Taiwan's investment environment to attract more foreign investors. In fact, during her first National Day address, she said that "thanks to our firm resolve and courage to reform, foreign investor confidence in Taiwan has been reignited."
Journalism is based on the principle of providing facts and educated analysis to the readers in order to help them understand the world and to make choices. In the post-fact world, however, it is clear that facts alone are not enough.