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Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

Apr 9, 2014

Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

In late January, Cheng I-Jiunn, a marine biology professor at the National Taiwan Ocean University, got a call telling him a green sea turtle incidentally captured in the northeastern part of the island desperately needed medical attention. A titanium tag installed on the turtle ...

China to mar visit, activist Chen fears

Jun 28, 2013

China to mar visit, activist Chen fears

Prominent Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, who has lived in the United States since leaving China last year, said he expects China will try to interfere with his planned trip to Japan. “There is no doubt that an authoritarian regime exerts pressure, but ...

Taiwan fisheries pact frustrates both sides

Jun 13, 2013

Taiwan fisheries pact frustrates both sides

One would have thought that Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen would have been content after their two governments signed a landmark fisheries pact two months ago, following years of on and off negotiations on fishing near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. ...

Apr 23, 2013

Details of new Japan-Taiwan fisheries pact are explained

Government officials met Friday with fishermen in Yilan County on Taiwan’s northeast coast to explain the extended fishing access they’ve been granted by the landmark fisheries agreement Taiwan signed with Japan. Japan and Taiwan inked the deal on April 10, ending a decades-long dispute ...

Feb 13, 2013

Flick to depict Taiwan's first baseball team

The producer of an upcoming Taiwanese film about the island’s first baseball team said he is confident it will resonate with audiences the world over. “I hope the audience looks at Taiwan’s history like they look at their life story,” Wei Te-sheng said. “No ...

Fishery talks add new wrinkle to Senkaku row

Dec 6, 2012

Fishery talks add new wrinkle to Senkaku row

Japan and Taiwan recently reopened fishery talks stalled in February 2009 due to rising tensions over control of the Senkaku Islands. Known as Tiaoyutai in Taiwan and Diaoyu in China, disputes over sovereignty over the Japan-held islets, the potential oil reserves beneath them and ...

Nov 8, 2012

Crises strengthen Japan-Taiwan ties

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou had two things to brag about in his National Day address last month: One was a landmark trade pact signed in June 2010 with China, the island’s largest trading partner, while the other was significantly improved relations with its second-largest ...

Taiwan, Japan share atomic power dilemma

Apr 11, 2012

Taiwan, Japan share atomic power dilemma

A year after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Taiwan finds itself, like many countries around the world, having to make a difficult choice between retreating from nuclear energy or committing further to it. Yet no other country faces quite ...

May 21, 2011

Intricate bonds behind Taiwan aid

Taiwan, a country of 23 million people, has to date pledged approximately 5.9 billion New Taiwan dollars (about ¥16.7 billion) in relief funds following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan on March 11. By comparison, South Korea’s 49 million people have ...