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The circular economy: a solution to climate change woes

2018.10.17

At the 2018 International Conference on Integrated and Innovative Solutions for a Circular Economy in Taipei today, several specialists offered their expertise on how we can move towards implementing a fully circular economy.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taipower to propose voltage switch from 110 to 220 volts for new buildings: report

2018.10.15

Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) will make a proposal to the Ministry of Economic Affairs aiming for a law amendment requiring 220-volt electrical wiring networks in future buildings, as well as the installation of four-pin 220V and three-pin 110V sockets in all households for electrical appliances, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report. 

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan shares its own success to encourage others to meet Sustainable Development Goals

2018.10.08

Taiwanese Vice-president Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) expressed that helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a top priority for Taiwan.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan open to canning coal power plant reopening: Premier

2018.10.06

The Taiwan government is open to shelving the planned reopening of the Shenao coal-fired power plant (深澳電廠), if a planned liquefied natural gas terminal in Taoyuan City passes an environmental assessment, Premier William Lai (賴清德) said on Oct. 5, reported CNA.

Read more on Taiwan News

Photo story: Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated across Taiwan

2018.09.24

The Mid-Autumn Festival, one of Taiwan's most significant occasions was enjoyed by many across Taiwan on Sept. 24, with barbecues, delicacies, and celebrations with friends and family rife.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan seeks removal from EU illegal fishing watch list with tighter regulation

2018.09.13

The Executive Yuan of Taiwan passed an amendment Sept. 13 proposing stricter regulations for fishing that will see violators given fines of up to NT$2.5 million (US$80,475)  for importing illegal fishery products.

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Mangkhut upgraded to typhoon, could pose threat to Taiwan

2018.09.09

A tropical storm that formed over the Pacific was upgraded to Typhoon Mangkhut Sunday afternoon and is expected to intensify with the possibility it could reach Taiwan Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) forecast.

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WildAid in Taiwan calls for support of ‘Global Shark Pledge'

2018.08.31

WildAid and Life Conservationist Association launched the online initiative “Global Shark Pledge” along with a video clip calling for an end to shark fin consumption in a press event on Aug. 31.

Read more on Taiwan News

President proposes Taiwan-Japan cooperation on climate change

2018.08.28

President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that she hopes Taiwan and Japan can work together to tackle issues related to extreme weather and resulting disasters.

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Chiaming Lake closed due to bear intrusions in cabins

2018.08.22

The Chiaming Lake area in Taitung County will be closed until Sept. 5, the Forestry Bureau said Wednesday, in the wake of four reported sightings of Formosan black bears in and around the cabins in the area over the past two weeks.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Endangered giant softshell turtle discovered in Taichung park

2018.08.15

Park workers were shocked to find an Asian giant softshell turtle during a routine cleaning of a pond in Taichung's Fongle Sculpture Park. 

Read more on Taiwan News

Late French-Taiwanese Father commended by President

2018.08.13

Father Maurice Poinsot, commonly known by Taiwanese people as Pan Shi­-guang (潘世光), who died in March at the age of 86, was commended by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday for his decades-long dedication to the Amis indigenous communities of Hualien County. 

Read more on Taiwan News

Taipei’s PTO to try out solar-powered bus stops

2018.08.02

Taipei’s Public Transportation Office (PTO) will install solar-powered smart bus stops at selected spots across the city in recent days as a part of a pilot program, the agency announced in a news release on Wednesday (August 1).

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Taiwan's remote tribes light up with solar power in joint initiative

2018.07.31 

As a traditional electric power grid is out of reach for remote indigenous tribes across Taiwan, two Taiwanese companies have jointly launched an initiative to build solar panels in several remote tribes to help residents have access to electricity, making their life easier. 

Read more on Taiwan news

Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture minister offers strategy to promote Taiwan tea

2018.07.31

Taiwan Council of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Station is holding a two-day forum on July 31 and August 1 to brainstorm how to promote Taiwan tea.

Read more on Taiwan News

POSH Kerry joint venture begins new chapter for renewable energy in Taiwan

2018.07.25

The POSH Kerry Renewables JV aims to provide a “unique integrated solutions platform” for the offshore wind energy market that Taiwan is aiming to develop over the coming decades.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan finishes in top spot at International Biology Olympiad

2018.07.22

All four Taiwanese students taking part in the 2018 International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Iran have won gold medals, putting their team in first place alongside China, the Ministry of Education said Sunday.

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Taiwan’s largest solar power station officially launched

2018.07.17

Taiwan's largest solar power station was officially launched on July 17 in Changhua County (彰化縣), with the 347 hectare site expected to have a total power capacity of 320 megawatts.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan, Japan sign MOU on toxic chemical disaster response

2018.07.17

Taiwan's state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Maritime Disaster Prevention Center (MDPC) of Japan signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Monday to cooperate on responses to toxic chemical disasters.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwanese start-up turns sugarcane into eco-straws

2018.07.08

Taiwanese start-up 100% Plants turns sugarcane byproducts into polymer raw materials that are used to make biodegradable straws, potentially opening new avenues for research into sustainable alternatives for plastic.

Read more on Taipei Times

Taiwan teams up with Denmark to develop offshore wind power

2018.07.04

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced  that it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Taiwan University (NTU) and Technological University of Denmark (DTU) on offshore wind power cooperation.

Read more on Focus Taiwan 

Taipei DEP: Water from city’s public drinking fountains is safe to drink

2018.07.02

For people who didn’t carry their own water bottle with them, public water fountains are the most economical and convenient sources for them to stay hydrated, but is the water safe for drinking?

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwanese youth prepare for intl. tours to study food waste reduction

2018.06.26

The Ministry of Education's Youth Development Association has launched a new program encouraging Taiwanese students to go abroad to study techniques of promoting sustainable development

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31 Taiwanese universities hit top Asia-Pacific Universities list

2018.06.28

Five more Taiwanese universities hit the list of the 2018 top universities in the Asia-Pacific region, according to data from Times Higher Education, from last year, bringing the total number of the Taiwanese universities recognized by the study to 31 this year.

Read more on Taiwan News

Hansen, Ramanathan pleased to win sustainable development Tang Prize

2018.06.19

James Hansen and Veerabhadran Ramanathan,winners of the 2018 Tang Prize in sustainable development for their rigorous scientific inquiry and candid public discussion of climate science that has led to action for the benefit of humanity.

Read more on Taiwan News

Asia's biggest computer show ends on high note

2018.06.09

Computex Taipei, Asia's largest computer show, saw an increase in traffic this year on the last day of the five-day event that ended Saturday, organizers said.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

I-Mei CEO: Taiwan's straw ban should ‘open a window’ for bubble tea

2018.06.11

Luis Ko (高志明), CEO of I-Mei Foods (義美食品) has weighed into the debate surrounding the upcoming ban on single-use plastic straws, saying the policy is in-line with international trends, but should "open a window" for bubble tea.

Read more on Taiwan News

National Human Rights Museum on Green Island officially opened

2018.05.17

The National Human Rights Museum at White Terror Memorial Park on Green Island, Taitung County, was officially opened on Thursday, with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) vowing to promote international exchange and foreign relations based on Taiwan's respect for human rights.

More on Focus Taiwan 

President to take part in livestream session for May 20 anniversary

2018.05.17

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced on Facebook Thursday that she will participate in an online livestream session during the May 20 two-year anniversary of her assuming office, to interact with the public and answer questions.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Bidding for rooftop solar panel program to start soon: MOEA

2018.05.10

The bidding process for a project to encourage households in six cities and counties to install solar panels on the roofs of their homes is to start soon, a Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) official said Thursday.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Taipei selected 'best leisure destination in Asia

2018.05.11

Taipei has won a 2018 Leisure Lifestyle Award hosted by Global Traveler magazine as the "best leisure destination in Asia," according to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Hsinchu ranked among the world's 100 best student cities

2018.05.09

Taiwan has two cities in the top-100 list of the world's best cities for international students this year, with Taipei ranking as the 20th-best city to study and Hsinchu placed 73rd, according to an annual survey compiled a British company specializing in education and study abroad.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Cabinet launches website to combat fake news

2018.05.10

A news section aimed at combating the spread of fake news and providing the public with reliable and accurate information has been added to the Executive Yuan's official website, Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said Thursday.

Read more on Focus Taiwan 

South Taiwan resort of Kenting will keep cleaning its beaches

2018.04.26

Facing falling numbers of visitors, beaches in Kenting (墾丁) will be targeted for more cleanup campaigns over the next few months, the Pingtung County Government said Thursday.

Read more on Taiwan News

Ministry implementing ‘open university’ concept

2018.05.04

The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that it is to make obtaining a bachelor’s degree more flexible by giving students up to 10 years to complete their course of studies.

Read more on Taipei Times

Penghu to hold events for International Museum Day

2018.05.01

Penghu County's Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) kicked off a month-long series of events and activities for the offshore county's museums and sites of cultural interest Tuesday in celebration and recognition of International Museum Day later this month.

Read more on Focus Taiwan. 

 

 

Keelung mayor outlines plans for new MRT line connecting Taipei-Keelung

2018.04.27

On Thursday April 26, the mayor of Keelung Lin Yu-Chang (林右昌) discussed the plans for a light rail MRT that has been approved for construction, which will link Taipei and Keelung Harbor by rail.

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Taiwanese vote online for new national ID card design

2018.04.26

The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) on Saturday (April 21) launched an online contest to select a new design for Taiwan's national ID card, and the clear winner so far is a relatively plain, white look. 

Read more on Taiwan news.

2018 Bao Sheng Cultural Festival in Taipei to reach climax on April 29

2018.04.26

The Bao’an Temple in Taipei will hold a series of folk array performances from all over the country, a religious parade, and lighting of the Fire Lion firecrackers on April 29, the day before the birthday of Emperor Bao Sheng (Medicine God).  

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan bags 22 gold medals at Geneva invention fair

2018.04.14

Taiwanese inventors bagged a total of 41 medals, including 22 gold medals, at the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva in Switzerland this year, the Taiwan Invention Association said Saturday.

Read more on Focus Taiwan.

Creative Expo Taiwan opens in Taipei

2018.04.18

The 2018 Creative Expo Taiwan kicked off Wednesday in Taipei, exhibiting cultural trends and Taiwanese craft, designs, and illustrative art.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Foreign student work permit process simplified: labor ministry

2018.04.13

The Ministry of Labor said Thursday that it has implemented a new measure that makes it easier for international students in Taiwan to apply for work permits.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Ex-Premier Su Tseng-chang to run for New Taipei mayor: DPP

2018.04.12

Former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Thursday agreed to run for mayor of New Taipei City, at the urging of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who is also chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), according to a party spokesman.

 

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Taiwanese firefighting innovation wins Edison Awards silver medal

2018.04.12

New York, April 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) won the 2018 Edison Awards silver medal in the commercial safety category on Wednesday for its Fluid-Driven Emergency Rescuer (FDER), which helps firefighters more effectively and safely fight fires.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

2018.03.23

Designs from Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop and Joe Shih Architects have won an international contest to design the future Taoyuan Museum of Art structure.

Read more on Taiwan News

FamilyMart Taiwan unveils digital concept store model

2018.03.30

The Chairman of FamilyMart Taiwan, Yeh Jung-ting (葉榮廷), formally announced Thursday the prototype for Family Mart’s digital concept store.

Read more on Taiwan News

February jobless rate remains stable at 3.7%

2018.03.22

Taiwan's unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent in February, up 0.07 percentage points from the previous month but down 0.15 percentage points year-on-year, according to government statistics released Thursday.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

The matchmaking mailbox in central Taiwan

2018.03.22

Have a hard time finding true love? Maybe you should try a mailbox in central Taiwan, which looks like one of the mailboxes you see on street corners but functions very differently as it was especially erected for the purpose of matchmaking.   

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan ranked third in global transformation index

2018.03.22

Taiwan ranked third overall out of 129 developing and transitional countries in an index compiled by a German foundation that measures each country's performance in terms of political and economic transformation.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Taiwan ranked as happiest country in East Asia

2018.03.15

Taiwan has been ranked as the happiest country in East Asia and the 26th happiest in the world in the World Happiness Report 2018.

Read more on Taiwan News

Le Palais stands as sole 3-star restaurant in Michelin Guide Taipei

2018.03.14

Cantonese restaurant Le Palais was the only establishment to receive a three-star rating when Michelin unveiled its first gourmet food guide in Taipei on Wednesday to cheers from hundreds of catering business representatives and food critics.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Taiwan Premier Lai champions gender equality in run-up to International Women’s Day

2018.03.07

The government is making great strides in narrowing the gender gap and ensuring the invaluable contributions of women to Taiwan’s development are fully appreciated and recognized, Premier Lai Ching-te said March 5.

Read more on Taiwan News

Michelin announces 2018 Taipei Bib Gourmand winners

2018.03.06

For the first time in Taipei, Michelin today (March 6) released the winners of its Bib Gourmand awards, just one week before its highly anticipated Michelin Guide Taipei will also be announced.

Read more on Taiwan News.

Government reaffirms its commitment to tourism

2018.03.02

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) yesterday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to developing the nation’s tourism industry, adding that it has promised to offer tourism operators its full support.

Read more on Taipei Times

Taiwan's new minister of labor vows to enforce the labor law and protect workers' rights

2018.02.26

Hsu Ming-chun (許銘春) on Monday took over as Taiwan’s new minister of labor, saying during her address at the handover ceremony that the ministry will fully enforce the labor law and protect the rights of workers rather than acting as a rubber stamp of the government.

Read more on Taiwan News.

2018 Pingxi Sky Lanterns Festival in New Taipei to take place on Lantern Festival Day and Mid-Autumn Festival

2018.02.20

New Taipei City Government has announced that it will hold public sky lantern flying events for this year’s Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival on two occasions-- Lantern Festival Day and Moon Festival.

Read more on Taiwan News

Taiwan ranked as 3rd smartest country in world

2018.02.13

UK-based media company Alltime10s on Feb. 8 listed Taiwan as the third smartest country in the world due to its high intelligence quotient (IQ), impressive math and science scores and high college acceptance rate. 

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Please come to Hualien, local hoteliers urge

2018.02.13

Despite public concern over travel safety in Hualien following the Feb. 6 earthquake, local hotel and hot spring owners on Tuesday urged tourists to come to the region. The business owners pointed out that most of the county remains unaffected and said it is safe to visit.

Read more on Focus Taiwan

Hualien Earthquake: Engineers urge new buildings laws

2018.02.08

The National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering yesterday called for new laws to encourage the reconstruction of weaker structures, following the partial collapse of four buildings during Tuesday’s earthquake in Hualien. Building Safety Certification Association director-general Tai Yun-fa (戴雲發) said reinforcements would not be enough and that older buildings must be reconstructed.

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Taipower seeking to restart reactor

2018.02.06

The reactor’s reactivation would help Taipower achieve the Cabinet’s goal of increasing the operating reserve margin to 6.8 percent this year.

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Multiple quakes rock northern, eastern Taiwan

2018.02.05

Northern and eastern Taiwan were rocked by a series of earthquakes last night, with the strongest one, as of press time, a magnitude 5.8 tremblor at 9:56pm.The Central Weather Bureau said the 5.8 quake was centered at 27.8km northeast of the Hualien County Hall, a depth of 16 km.

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Super blue red moon to appear over Taiwan tonight

2018.01.31

The skies over Taiwan tonight (Jan. 31) will be illuminated by the extremely rare trifecta of a super, blue and red moon.

Starting from about 6:50 p.m. tonight until about 12:10 a.m tomorrow morning, the incredibly rare event which has been called the “super blue red moon” will occur over the Asia-Pacific Region, including Taiwan. The most recent lunar eclipse was 2015, the last blue moon eclipse was in 1982 and the last time a super blue red moon occurred was way back in 1866. 

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7-Eleven Taiwan opens first unmanned 'X-Store'

2018.01.30

7-Eleven Taiwan's operator President Chain Store Corp. (統一超) announced yesterday (Jan. 29) that it has opened its first experimental unmanned store in its corporate headquarters, meanwhile rival Family Mart (全家) will be launching its first wave of technology concept stores making use of artificial intelligence to make coffee and offer other services, reported CNA.

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Taipei launches new garbage trucks

2018.01.24 

Taipei City sent 69 new environmentally-friendly garbage trucks on to its streets Wednesday as part of a plan to replace more than 200 such vehicles. The program costs a total of NT$570 million (NT$19.5 million) for 215 new trucks, the Central News Agency reported.

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Taiwanese non-smokers twice as likely to get lung cancer as heavy smokers in West

2018.01.24

A study carried out by Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) revealed that non-smokers in Taiwan are twice as likely to develop lung cancer as heavy smokers in Europe and North America, reported CommonWealth Magazine. Wang Ming-jiuh (王明鉅), a physician at National Taiwan University Hospital and the author of the opinion piece posted in CommonWealth Magazine, posited that with 13.66 million scooters in Taiwan as of 2016, Taiwan's air pollution cannot be ignored as a significant contributing factor leading to these appalling lung cancer rates. 

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Gay community unhappy with blood donation rule change

2018.01.22

The rule change, which is expected to take effect in May at the earliest, will allow men who have sex with men to donate blood if they have not engaged in such sex for five years, according to the ministry. The gay community is unhappy with the coming change, arguing Monday that a broader move is needed to have any substantive impact.

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Southeast Asian plastic recyclers hope to clean up after China ban

2018.01.22

China decided to ban imports of plastic waste from the start of this year. Over the past two decades, China was keen to suck in as much plastic waste as possible, helping feed its manufacturing expansion. But policy makers took action after a string of scandals involving unscrupulous players in the waste market. Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian countries that have attracted Chinese investors in the plastics recycling sector over the past year, keen to fill the void left in China, industry officials said.

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Carrefour in Taiwan offers incredible discounts

2018.01.18

In preparation for the Lunar New Year, Carrefour Taiwan has started incredible discounts, up to 70%off.

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Magnitude 5.7 earthquake rattles Taipei

2018.01.17

On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Taiwan's capital city. The epicenter 12.3 kilometers north-northwest of Taipei City Hall in the mountainous district of Beitou. 

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau's camping guide has arrived!

2018.01.16

All outdoors lovers can now enjoy the new website offers that detailed information on 84 spectacular campsites throughout Taiwan.

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Chunghwa Post going green, launching electric scooters

2018.01.15

Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan's national postal service, officially put 1,627 electric scooters into service Monday as part of a company plan to phase out its entire fleet of nearly 9,000 gasoline-powered motorcycles by 2023.

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