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No timetable for Cabinet reshuffle: Premier

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-22 Premier William Lai says he will announce a Cabinet reshuffle when the time is right. That’s the word from Lai when he was questioned on the issue during a press conference on new government policies for promoting investment and startups on Thursday. There have been rumors that there were going to be some changes in the Cabinet, which included the heads…

OPINION: Small Benefits Are Holding Taiwan’s Workers Back

Is the ‘happy company’ phenomenon a mask for deeper workplace dissatisfaction? The News Lens Date: 2018/02/22 By: TJ Taiwanese workplaces are notorious for their low wages and long hours, but employees are often satiated with small gestures aimed at creating a “happy company.” The occasional cup of bubble tea or chocolate may provide a needed dopamine boost between spreadsheet sessions, but it also makes people more likely to accept poor…

U.S. think tank describes Chinese attack plan against Taiwan

Plan could include cyber attack and assassinations in U.S. Taiwan News  Date: 2018/02/22 By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A study from a leading United States think tank describes how China could approach and plan for a potential invasion of Taiwan, reports said Thursday. In “Coping with Surprise in Great Power Conflicts” for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Mark Cancian, a…

Taiwan’s defense minister Feng stepping down

Focus Taiqwan Date: 2018/02/22 By: Lu Hsin-hui, Wen Kui-hsiang, Yeh Su-ping, Joe Yeh and Shih  Hsiu-chuan Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) is to be replaced by National Security Council Secretary-General Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) in a cabinet reshuffle that is likely to be announced Friday. Sources told CNA that the reshuffle will also see Labor Minister Lin Mei-chu (林美珠), who has tendered…

Overseas agencies help illuminate 228 Incident

NEW PERSPECTIVE: Declassified documents detail officials’ concerns that Chiang Kai-shek would dispatch more troops after the massacre, leading to further sanctioned bloodshed Taipei Times Date: Feb 23, 2018 By: Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter Declassified historical files retrieved from the archives of the US, Australia and the UN would help to shed new light on the 228 Incident, historians said yesterday at the launch at the Academia…

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Taiwan rejects Chinese official’s request to visit

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/02/22 By: Miao Zong-han and Evelyn Kao Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Taiwan’s government has rejected a request by a Chinese official to visit the island, taking into consideration the controversy sparked by his previous trip here, a Taiwanese senior official in charge of mainland China affairs said on Thursday. Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), deputy head and spokesperson for Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC),…

Executive Yuan aims to set up unicorns

START-UP HUB: The Cabinet plans to help start-ups in early-stage funding, recruit employees, facilitate mergers and public listings, and tap into the international market Taipei Times Date: Feb 23, 2018 By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter The Executive Yuan has set a goal of creating a unicorn company in two years and increasing annual investment in start-ups by NT$5 billion (US$170.64 million) as part of a…

Health minister: No plans to lift partial ban on Japan food imports

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-21 Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says there are no plans to lift a ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures. Chen was responding Wednesday to questions about whether the health ministry might lift the ban after the Lunar New Year. The restrictions have been in place since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Proposals to lift the ban have met with…

How did Taiwan Lose the Battle of the Noodles?

The Chinese market is the grand prize for instant noodles; how did South Korea rise to number one? The News Lens Date: 2018/02/21 By: Abby Huang “Master Kong” brand instant noodles were once the best-selling instant noodles in China by a wide margin, but have since fallen out of favor. When Taiwanese and Japanese instant noodles first entered the Chinese market in the 1990s, the local competition…

52-year-old Taiwanese janitor becomes gold medal belly dancer

Taiwan’s oldest champion dancer cleans KTV rooms by day, belly dances by night Taiwan News  Date: 2018/02/21 By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Lin Ming-hui (林明惠) has come a long way from belly dancing for fun 10 years ago to now acing international competitions. Lin worked as a janitor diligently cleaning KTV rooms and entertainment centers every day to save enough…

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Taiwan looks south for Muslim tourist dollars

Channel News Asia Date: 21 Feb 2018 TAIPEI: From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle. Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation authorities there are turning off the taps to pressure Taiwan’s Beijing-sceptic government. Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 south…

DPP, KMT name priorities for new legislative session

Radio Taiwan International Date: 2018-02-21 Taiwan’s two main political parties have decided on their main priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Both the governing DPP and opposition KMT have planned meetings to reach a consensus on their legislative agendas before the new session begins next Tuesday. Both parties say that an amendment to Taiwan’s air pollution laws is among their chief priorities. Both parties also aim to…

Photo of the Day: Woman tattoos ‘miso’ on her leg

Woman inexplicably tattoos ‘miso’ on her leg Taiwan News  Date: 2018/02/21 By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An image posted on Twitter on Feb. 16 of a Western woman on an airplane with the Chinese characters for “miso,” as in the Japanese soup, on her leg has quickly gone viral, with 7,500 likes and 2,000 retweets. Alton Wang, a Chinese-American who is based in…

Stranded Panama-registered vessel freed after 18 days

Focus Taiwan Date: 2018/02/21 By: Wang Shu-fen and William Yen Taipei, Feb. 21 (CNA) A stranded Panama-registered vessel “Hang Yu 11,” which ran aground off Zhuwei Fishing Harbor, Taoyuan on Feb. 3, was finally freed Wednesday, according to the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB). According to a press release issued by the MPB on the same day, workers made use of the afternoon’s full tide and strong…

Taichung police arrest four suspected of bitcoin heist

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: After residents notified police of an altercation, Huang told officers that it was due to a fight during a party and no one wanted to press charges Taipei Times Date: Feb 22, 2018 By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter Taichung police yesterday arrested four men in connection with what authorities described as the first “bitcoin robbery” case in Asia. The Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office…