Ko Shu-ling
For Ko Shu-ling's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2021
As China grows more belligerent, democracies draw closer to Taiwan
The vast power Beijing accumulated beneath the umbrella of global compliance now represents a threat to the very nations that made it possible.
Japan Times
Sep 27, 2021
Taiwan launches English-language streaming platform to rival China's presence
"The establishment of Taiwan+ allows Taiwan to tell its own stories to the world through its own voices," said Legislative Speaker You Si-kun.
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2021
Pineapple diplomacy? China's Taiwan import ban prompts sales surge in Japan
In the wake of the ban, ostensibly as a means to keep agricultural pests at bay, consumers in Japan have been buying the fruit as a gesture of thanks or solidarity.
Japan Times
Dec 8, 2020
Taiwan ban on Japanese food looks set to stay
The measure, in place since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, affects products from five prefectures in eastern Japan.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2019
Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen looks set to win re-election in 2020 presidential poll
Six months ago, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's approval ratings were so low many wondered if she would be nominated to run for re-election in January.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2019
As Taiwan's children of democracy come of age, vote will be about more than China
On Jan. 11, Taiwan will elect a new government, its seventh since 1996 when a constitutional amendment gave Taiwanese a say in who would represent them at the highest levels of island politics.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2019
Taiwan looks to Japan for solutions to demographic woes
Between 2012 and 2018, Taiwanese authorities closed 594 schools islandwide. They also cut thousands of classes at the remaining schools and reduced the hiring of new teachers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Aug 4, 2019
Japan's new labor policy puts labor-short Taiwan on notice
In April, Japan undertook a policy initiative meant to alleviate problems caused by its rapidly graying population, including labor shortages, rural depopulation and increasing pressure on social services.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 25, 2019
Taiwanese supplier for Japan's new regional passenger jet plans to deliver essential parts in second quarter
A Taiwanese supplier of components for Japan's new regional passenger jet said Thursday it plans to complete essential work in the second quarter of this year, hoping to bring the aircraft closer to production configuration before its projected entry into service in 2020.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2018
Taipei faces tension in ties with Tokyo after Taiwan passes 'political' referendum to maintain food ban
After voters in Taiwan approved Saturday a referendum to maintain a ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures, imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, concern is stirring about the impact of the result on bilateral relations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 19, 2018
Upcoming referendum on food imports strains Taiwan's ties with Japan
Taiwan's Central Election Commission formally announced this week that a record nine referendums will be held in conjunction with next month's nationwide local elections, one of which is on whether to maintain a ban imposed on food products from five Japanese prefectures after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2018
Taiwan's midterm elections, biggest ever, key test for ruling, opposition parties
In November, Taiwan will hold its largest election ever, with about 19 million voters, or 83 percent of the population, casting ballots for more than 11,000 officials, including the mayors of Taipei and five other special municipal districts.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2018
Taiwan fruit farmer raises funds for Japan flood victims
A Taiwanese farmer held a two-day dragon fruit sale in Taipei over the weekend to raise money for victims of the floods and landslide in western Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
Jun 20, 2018
How early 20th-century Japanese rice breeders shaped the future of the staple food in Taiwan
Rice has been grown in Taiwan for centuries, but many modern varieties of the island's staple food have their origins in Japan.
Japan Times
May 20, 2018
Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen ends second year in office with strong economy, but low poll numbers
On Sunday, Tsai Ing-wen marked the second anniversary of her inauguration as the fourth democratically elected president of Taiwan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
May 2, 2018
Memories preserved of Japanese born in Taiwan during colonial rule
Japanese who lived in Taiwan during a 50-year period of colonial rule ultimately weren't given a choice after the end of World War II: They were forced to repatriate to a country many hadn't stepped foot in for decades, if ever.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2018
Sophia University student's camera found on Taiwan beach after being lost at sea for two years
The owner of a camera lost at sea for over two years — which turned up on a beach in Taiwan this week — has been identified as a university student in Tokyo after an online search.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2018
Urban renewal project in Taipei retains Japanese colonial era features
Last August, after nearly 20 months of work, city officials unveiled the newly restored Qing Dynasty-era (1644-1912) North Gate in west Taipei.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Nov 5, 2017
Fireflies kindle a nostalgic glow in Taiwan's cities
Fireflies don't have a lot going for them. For starters, they're bugs —not the pretty kind like butterflies, but beetles, the kind people swat away from lunch boxes or squash on the sidewalk.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 4, 2017
Taipei and Sapporo zoos collaborate to breed rare poison dart frogs
Taipei Zoo has said it has successfully bred yet another species of poison dart frog, with expertise from a Japanese zoo, and expects the first batch of hatched tadpoles to transform into froglets in the coming days.


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