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 ...

Jun 16, 2016

U.S. man commits suicide in Taiwan court room

An American man fatally stabbed himself with a pair of scissors in a Taiwan courtroom Thursday during his sentencing on drug possession charges, raising questions over security failings. The man, named as 41-year-old Tyrel Martin Marhanka, is thought to have hidden the dismantled scissors ...

Jun 16, 2016

Coastal border lands seen as a new theme for tourism

Sightseeing tours that take in parts of coastal Japan and Russia, South Korea or Taiwan are being seen as a way to revitalize regional economies. Earlier this month, 10 people participated in the first tour from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture to Taiwan. The ...

Jun 6, 2016

Storm-water surge kills four hikers in Taiwan

Surging waters triggered by torrential rain left four people dead and one missing in Taiwan after they were swept away while hiking down a river canyon, officials said Monday. Dramatic footage from local media showed a huge wave rushing down the Beishi River in ...