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Taiwan coast guard ends rescue mission in the Indian Ocean

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 18 March, 2019
By: Paula Chao

The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has completed it’s first-ever mission to rescue a

A Filipino crewman, on suspicion of killing another Filipino fisherman, has been detained for questioning. (CNA photo)

Taiwanese fishing boat and its crew in the Indian Ocean. That’s after a stabbing incident on the boat in February, which left one dead and seven missing.

The coast guard mission returned to Kaohsiung harbor in southern Taiwan on Monday, ending a journey that spanned nearly a month.

At the center of the case is a Taiwan-registered fishing boat called the Wen Peng. A Filipino crew member hijacked the boat on February 20 off the coast of Mauritius. At the time of the incident, the boat had a total of 24 people on board, including three Taiwanese, ten Filipinos and 11 Indonesians.

Authorities have arrested the Filipino crewman who hijacked the boat, on suspicion of killing another Filipino fisherman. He’s now back in Taiwan, and has been detained for questioning.

Vice Premier Chen Chi-mai spoke about the incident during a press conference in Kaohsiung on Monday. He said the government will do its best to ensure the safety of Taiwanese fishing boats and crew members operating on the high seas.

Solomon Islands May Be Considering a Diplomatic Switch From Taiwan to China

Prime Minister Rick Hou’s political party has said it will review Solomon Islands relations with Taiwan if elected, raising the possibility of a switch to China.

The News Lens
Date: 2019/03/18
By: Denghua Zhang & Transform Aqorau

The forthcoming national elections in Solomon Islands in April have once again raised

Credit: Taiwan Presidential Office

the issue of diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (hereafter “Taiwan”) and Solomon Islands. Prime Minister Rick Hou’s political party has said it will review Solomon Islands diplomatic relations with Taiwan if elected, raising the potential of a diplomatic switch from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China (hereafter “China”).

The Pacific is the second largest concentration of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will this week embark on a regional visit, highlighting that six (Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu) of the 14 Pacific island countries recognize Taiwan. This accounts for more than one-third of Taiwan’s 17 diplomatic allies globally.    [FULL  STORY]

Prozac to be pulled from Taiwan market on April 1

Prozac to be permanently pulled from Taiwan market on April 1

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/18 
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The popular antidepressant Prozac is to be permanently

removed from pharmacy shelves this April in Taiwan, announced the drug’s Taiwanese manufacturer Zuellig Pharma (裕利藥廠) last week, reported CNA.

Claiming to be unable to cope with frequent price cuts by Taiwan’s National Health Insurance (NHI), the local Taiwanese maker of the Prozac 20 mg, Zuellig Pharma, announced last week that it will stop selling the antidepressant in Taiwan on April 1. The company said that it will completely withdraw the drug from the Taiwan market, but all orders received before March 29 will still be fully supplied.

On March 13, the company sent a letter to all hospitals announcing that due to the annual reduction of drug prices by the National Health Insurance Administration, along with an increase in raw material and transportation costs in recent years, it will be ceasing the supply of Prozac. The company also mentioned the rising costs of following the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PICS) and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) to ensure the quality of the medication.

Zuellig Pharma said that after taking the above-mentioned factors into an actuarial analysis, it was notified by Eli Lily Taiwan, the owner of Prozac, to cease production on April 1 and withdraw the product from the Taiwan market. In order to ensure the rights of hospitals and patients, the company said that orders received before March 29 will be fully supplied.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan to benefit from Japan’s move to boost island defense capabilities

The fortified island chain will help Taiwan’s defense in any cross-strait conflict scenario

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/18 
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Japan Air Self-Defense Force demonstrates a training to utilize the PAC-3 surface to air interceptors at the U.S. Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Japan is poised to boost its defense capabilities with the inauguration of multiple military bases on the Nansei Islands, a chain of Japanese islands that stretches southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan, by the end of this month, as China actively expands its military presence in the Miyako Strait.

Citing a report by The Japan Times, Liberty Times pointed out that military bases in Amami City and Setouchi Town of the Kagoshima Prefecture will commence operations on March 26, with the deployment of surface-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles respectively.

Meanwhile, the country’s missile defense capability will be beefed up in Miyakojima City of the Okinawa Prefecture this year, while construction is underway for facilities operated by the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) on Ishigaki Island.

Along with the Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade stationed on the Yonaguni Island, a defense network aligning the Nansei Islands appears to be taking shape, Liberty Times argued.    [FULL  STORY]

Never dream one can change a country overnight: Taipei mayor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/18
By: Liang Pei-chi, Ozzi Yin and Elizabeth Hsu 

New York, March 17 (CNA) Visiting Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), a potential independent candidate for Taiwan’s presidency in 2020, told New York University students Sunday that the one thing to avoid when running a country is believing one can change it overnight.

Ko has yet to confirm whether he will run in the presidential race, but the fact he could is of great interest to Taiwan’s media thanks to his popularity among young voters. The workshop with NYU students drew a full house of 400 on Sunday.

The outspoken physician-turned politician told the audience how he went from a career as a doctor at National Taiwan University Hospital to mayor of the capital city.

In a 30-minute speech, Ko said that he has always thought of the U.S as “honest,” adding that although President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal, “Taipei political circle would be empty if anyone telling a lie had to step down.”

Man filmed as he throws wife from stairway, jumps

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 19, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A man with Chinese and US citizenship allegedly jumped from the fourth floor of Terminal 2 at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport early yesterday morning after throwing his Taiwanese wife over a guard rail from the same floor.

The woman, a 33-year-old surnamed Chang (張), was unconscious and in critical condition at Min-Sheng General Hospital, while her 32-year-old husband, surnamed Wan (萬), sustained fractured ribs, but was able to be questioned by aviation police yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred on a stairway near the departure area in Terminal 2 at 12:38am as Wan was preparing to fly back to the US, Aviation Police Bureau officer Tien Wei-jen (田偉仁) said.

Airport surveillance footage showed the two apparently in a heated argument.

Fatty diets leading to erectile problems in younger men

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 18, 2019
By: Fang Chih-hsien and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Erectile dysfunction linked to higher obesity rates is increasingly prevalent among men in

E-Da Dacheng Hospital urologist Wang Chii-jye speaks at an event at the hospital in Kaohsiung on Wednesday.  Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

their 20s and 30s in Taiwan, E-Da Dacheng Hospital urologist Wang Chii-jye (王起杰) has warned.

Excessive consumption of fatty and calorific foods by men in that age group has resulted in higher obesity rates, which is correlated to erectile dysfunction, the Kaohsiung-based physician said on Thursday.

His department has treated patients as young as 17 for the problem, which is usually associated with older men, he said.

An overweight high-school student sought treatment after finding himself unable to perform, despite his and his girlfriend’s “best efforts,” Wang said.    [FULL  STORY]

MOTC encourages driving classes for examinees planning to take motor scooter license test

Formosa News
Date: 2019/03/17

In order to improve the safety of Taiwan’s hordes of motor scooter riders, the Directorate General of Highways is promoting a scheme whereby riders who attend three days of driving classes before taking the motor scooter license test will later be eligible for a subsidy of NT$1,000. Subsidies will be available on April 16th at the earliest.

Currently, it’s not compulsory to enroll in driving classes before taking the test, and tuition fees range between NT$2,800 and NT$3,700. If it’s proven this scheme can lower accident rates, the DGH has not ruled out amending the law so that three days of driving classes will become compulsory for people who intend to ride a scooter legally.

Tourism film portraying Taiwan’s Shen’ao Rail Bike wins Director’s Award at JWTFF

The film titled “The Winds of ShenAo Bay” stars famed Japanese actor Munetaka Aoki

Taiwan News   
Date: 2019/03/17 
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(photo taken from ‘The Winds of ShenAo Bay,’ courtesy of New Taipei’s Tourism and Travel Department)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A tourism film portraying the Shen’ao Rail Bike along Taiwan’s northern coast won the Director’s Award at the Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival (JWTFF) on Thursday, New Taipei’s Tourism and Travel Department (TTD) said in a news release on Friday.

The film titled “The Winds of ShenAo Bay,” directed by Taiwan’s award-winning director Jay Chen (陳鈺杰) stars famed Japanese actor Munetaka Aoki (青木崇高).

(video taken from YouTube, courtesy of New Taipei Tour)

Film Director Chen, who went to Osaka, Japan to receive the award, said that he intended to portray the enduring human bonds forged by way of one traveler helping another, even though they are strangers to each other, the TTD said.

Since the release of the film two months ago, it has been viewed more than 18,000 times, and some viewers have left messages saying they must experience the Shen’ao Rail Bike themselves.    [FULL  STORY]

Hon Hai, Kaohsiung sign technology promotion MOU

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/17
By: Chen Chi-fong, Chiang Ming-yen and William Yen

Kaohsiung, March 17 (CNA) Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of manufacturing giant Hon Hai

Terry Gou (郭台銘, left), chairman of manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜)

Precision Industry Co., and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Sunday to promote the development of the city’s smart technology.

The MOU was signed at a press conference that was live-streamed on YouTube following a tour of Hon Hai’s data center and supercomputer at the Kaohsiung Software Park.

Terry Gou (郭台銘, fourth left), chairman of manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., and Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜, fourth right)

Speaking at the press conference, referred to as “AI Kaohsiung Smart Industry and Agriculture,” Gou pointed out that AI refers to artificial intelligence and also sounds like the word for “love” when spoken in mandarin Chinese.

Hence, it can be implied that using high technology to “love” Kaohsiung can not only help bring prosperity to the city but more importantly, can help the city’s industries, Gou said.