Sunday, August 30, 2015
The military has drawn criticism with its latest announcement that it will continue to draft able-bodied males into the Armed Forces as a result of difficulties implementing the volunteer system.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
This is a paradoxical moment for sex in Taipei. In a city where women pose half-clothed to sell cars at shows and betel nuts on the street, the Taipei EasyCard Corp. (悠遊卡) was able to inflame the public by printing new limited-edition smartcard sleeves featuring Yui Hatano, a Japanese actress in the adult film industry.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The "Black Monday" of China's Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index has sent shockwaves throughout global markets. But the plunge of over 30 percent of share prices in two months at China's main exchange is the least of Beijing's problems.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
"(Cross Strait relations) won't be smooth sailing all the way from now on." Those were the stern words Chen Deming (陳德銘), president of China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), delivered at the talk between cross-strait top negotiators in Fuzhou, Fujian yesterday, an occasion usually marked by optimistic comments of "cross-strait brotherhood" from the both sides.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Based on the most discussed issues in the national news last week -- whether printed, broadcast or online -- one could be forgiven for thinking that a former president's awareness of national identity or a certain rich wife's tour of an Apache hanger were the most important issues in the nation.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ideologically speaking, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je may belong to the so-called deep-green, pro-independence fundamentalist camp, but his ideology seems to have seldom gotten in the way of his pragmatism, which was on display in his just concluded trip to China.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's speech last Friday was keenly awaited for an apology. East Asian countries were critical, but for Japan locally, his enunciation was well-received, with Pew polls indicating his approval ratings rose by 5 percent to 44 percent.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Basketball has always been one of the most popular sports in Taiwan and one of the few sports on the island to have regular professional/semi-professional leagues.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) recently cut its forecast for Taiwan's economic growth for 2015 drastically down to 1.56 percent from its previous estimate of 3.28 percent. The DGBAS also revised downward the already low second-quarter forecast of 0.64 percent to 0.52 percent.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech yesterday, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War (終戰記念日). Abe expressed "profound grief" for all who perished in World War II and admitted that Japan inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people during the war and apologized.