Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Jul 17, 2016

Straw boats set sail to test Taiwan-Japan settler theory

Two primitive straw canoes departed from Yonaguni Island on Sunday morning to reproduce a 75-km ocean voyage thought to have brought the first settlers to the Japanese archipelago about 30,000 years ago. The voyage has “started at last,” said lead researcher Yosuke Kaifu, head ...

Jul 7, 2016

Taiwan and Philippines brace for powerful Typhoon Nepartak

Taiwan canceled flights and ordered schools and offices to close Thursday as a powerful typhoon barreled toward the coast. In the Philippines, fishing boats were urged not to venture out to sea and commercial ships were warned of storm-force waves. Fast-moving Typhoon Nepartak was ...

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

Jul 5, 2016

Taiwan finds improper use of 'war mode' in missile misfire

A Taiwan Defense Ministry investigation found that several missteps and procedural violations led to the navy’s fatal missile launch Friday, determining the incident wasn’t intended to provoke China. Mistakes aboard the Jin-Jiang class patrol craft included the use of “war mode” on a weapons ...

Jul 1, 2016

Taiwan mistakenly fires 'carrier killer' missile toward China

A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic “aircraft carrier killer” missile toward China on Friday, the navy said, amid deteriorating ties between the island and its once-bitter rival. The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometers (around 200 ...

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

Jul 1, 2016

Office chair racing on a roll overseas

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Endurance races involving wheeled office chairs have spread from their birthplace in a small Kyoto suburban town across Japan to Taiwan and China. The races are named Isu-1 Grand Prix — a pun on the Japanese word “isu” for chair and Formula 1 racing. ...

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Jun 27, 2016

Taiwan 'to test-fire missiles in U.S.' as China tensions rise

Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defense source and media reports said Monday. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new ...

Jun 25, 2016

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognize the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two. China, which regards Taiwan as ...

Jun 24, 2016

Taiwan's China Airlines announces strike, disrupting flights to Japan

Taiwan-based China Airlines cancelled some flights to Asia, including Japan, on Friday as its union commenced an “indefinite” strike late Thursday after negotiations with management broke down. China Airlines announced on its website that beginning Friday, all flights departing between 6 a.m. and 10 ...