Typhoon kills four in Taiwan, heads to China

Aug 8, 2015

Typhoon kills four in Taiwan, heads to China

Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan with fierce winds and rain Saturday, leaving four people dead and a trail of devastation before heading for mainland China. After making landfall on the east coast early in the morning, it swept across central Taiwan, ripping up trees, snapping ...

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Aug 3, 2015

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions that students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a “one China” view of history underscore the island’s growing sense of independence from its vast neighbor and geopolitical foe. Hundreds of youths stormed the Ministry of Education compound ...

Taiwanese, confronting past history, target Chiang statues

Aug 2, 2015

Taiwanese, confronting past history, target Chiang statues

One has been beheaded, others defaced. Some are dressed in costumes by pranksters. Statues of Taiwan’s former ruler Chiang Kai-shek have been increasingly targeted as the island confronts its authoritarian past. Though still seen as a hero by some in Taiwan for waging war ...

Taiwan students storm ministry amid furor over 'pro-China' textbooks

Jul 31, 2015

Taiwan students storm ministry amid furor over 'pro-China' textbooks

Hundreds of Taiwan students stormed the ministry of education compound early on Friday, after one committed suicide earlier in the week, intensifying anti-China protests over textbooks they say are aimed at promoting Beijing’s “one China” policy. About 700 students climbed barricades around the ministry ...

Former Taiwan president visits disaster-hit city in Miyagi

Jul 27, 2015

Former Taiwan president visits disaster-hit city in Miyagi

Hoping to encourage local survivors, former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui on Sunday visited a city in Miyagi Prefecture that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Lee, 92, went to a man-made hill in Iwanuma and placed flowers at a monument for ...

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Jul 23, 2015

Eel imports peak as Day of the Ox arrives

Imports of eels are peaking ahead of Friday’s midsummer Day of the Ox, when many Japanese partake in grilled eel, a nutritious dish that is popularly believed to help stave off summer fatigue. Trading company Marukatsu, which specializes in eel and is located near ...

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Taiwan President Lee backs Abe's security bills

Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui said Thursday he supports Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s security bills aimed at expanding the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas, calling it a step toward ensuring peace in Asia and the world. “I have a positive view about the security legislation ...

Jul 23, 2015

January-June visitors from abroad rise to record 9.14 million

A record 9.14 million foreigners are estimated to have visited Japan from January to June this year, a 46 percent increase from the same period in 2014, as the country continued to attract tourists from China, Taiwan and elsewhere, government data showed Wednesday. The ...