Mar 16, 2014

Taiwan train campaign plugs Tohoku tourism

A “cherry blossom train” is running on a subway line in Taipei to promote Tohoku as a travel destination. With its interior decked out with photos of cherry blossoms, the six-car train running on the Bannan metro line in the Taiwanese capital is sponsored ...

Mar 14, 2014

Japan, four others to consider rules to protect eels

Japan and four other Asian countries are set to draw up self-imposed private-sector rules to reinforce the protection of eels amid a rapid depletion of stocks, informed sources said Friday. By introducing measures such as placing limits on eel farming, Japan, China, Taiwan, South ...

Mar 12, 2014

Taiwan regulators delay Tokyo Star sale over breaches

Taiwan is delaying approval of CTBC Financial Holding Co.’s planned ¥52 billion purchase of Japan’s Tokyo Star Bank Ltd. after finding internal-control breaches at CTBC’s banking unit. Taiwan Financial Supervisory Commission’s Jean Chiu, a spokeswoman for the FSC’s banking bureau, said Tuesday that its ...

China spotlights meeting with senior Taiwan figure

Feb 20, 2014

China spotlights meeting with senior Taiwan figure

Chinese state media devoted blanket coverage Wednesday to a visit by a senior figure in Taiwan’s ruling party in a sign of its desire to nudge the self-governing island closer to Beijing. Coverage of a meeting between Lien Chan and Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Feb 14, 2014

A bridge across the Taiwan Strait

For the first time since the end of China's civil war in 1949, official representatives from Beijing and Taipei sat down at the same table to discuss a shared future.

Feb 11, 2014

Taiwan, China hold milestone meeting

China and Taiwan on Tuesday held their first government-to-government talks since they split 65 years ago following a brutal civil war — a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals. Taipei’s Wang Yu-chi, who oversees the island’s China policy, met his Beijing ...

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Feb 10, 2014

China, Taiwan diplomats in highest-level talks thus far

Taiwan and China are holding their highest-level talks since splitting amid a civil war 65 years ago, hoping to further boost contacts and ease lingering tensions, even as political developments on the self-governing island swing away from Beijing’s goal of eventual unification. Tuesday’s discussions ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...

China woos Taiwan with 'common homeland'

Jan 29, 2014

China woos Taiwan with 'common homeland'

A few kilometers off the Chinese coast, Beijing has appointed a Taiwanese citizen as deputy chief of an experimental “common homeland” that is an unusually forward overture to Taipei. Pingtan Island is physically China’s closest spot to Taiwan, and is now also being transformed ...