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For Ann Wang's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The first batch of new recruits listen to instructions as they prepare to begin one-year compulsory military service in Taiwan, after the previous four-month conscription period was extended, in Taichung, Taiwan, on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 26, 2024
Taiwan begins extended conscription in response to China threat
China has ramped up military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan to assert its sovereignty claims.
Wang Chih-chuan, 93, a Korean war prisoner who came to Taiwan and eventually fought in Kinmen, joined the Chinese army when he was 13, which he said was a result of press-ganging.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
Taiwan's last generation to fight China
Veterans' vivid memories of war make them more likely to cling to their Chinese identity to avert another conflict, unlike most of Taiwanese society.
Vivian Tung eats her first meal since the egg retrieval surgery. Tung is one of a rising number of women in Taiwan opting to freeze their eggs to give them the option to have a child later in life.
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Aug 2, 2023
A rising number of women in Taiwan are freezing their eggs
Demand for egg freezing has surged, with the number of women opting for the technology up 86% over the past three years.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 12, 2023
Taiwan officer reveals details of rare interaction with NATO
Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has no formal diplomatic relations with any NATO members.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Aug 2, 2022
From subway stations to shopping malls, Taiwan prepares its air-raid shelters
The capital of Taipei has more than 4,600 such shelters that can accommodate some 12 million people, more than four times its population, in the event of a Chinese attack.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jul 26, 2022
Taiwan president lauds military while overseeing drills from warship
The drills, which simulate the repulsion of an invader, coincide with air-raid exercises across the island as it boosts combat preparedness in the face of rising Chinese military pressure.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 14, 2022
Inside Taiwan's brutal navy frogman bootcamp
Of the group of 31 who started the 10 week course, only 15 finished, with the closing week at the sprawling Zuoying navy base in southern Taiwan being the last test.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 6, 2022
Taiwan's air force stages drill to intercept Chinese planes amid tensions
The exercises were part of a three-day drill to show Taiwan's battle readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday at the end of this month.
Japan Times
OLYMPICS
Nov 22, 2021
In subtropical Taiwan, two women vie for spots at Beijing Winter Games
Taiwan, where snow brushes only the highest mountaintops during the coldest winters, has never won a medal at the Winter Olympics.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 26, 2021
Model soldiers and secret bunkers: Taiwan's front line with China
At the height of the Cold War, Kinmen saw the last wartime battles between China and Taiwan. Now locals are encouraging tourism.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 18, 2021
In Taiwan tea country, a scramble to adapt to extreme weather
Farmers were hit hard by a heavy drought last year only to face torrential rain this year.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 2, 2021
BioNTech vaccines finally reach Taiwan after heated political wrangling
Taiwan has blamed China, which claims the island as its own territory, for nixing an original order from the German firm earlier this year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 27, 2019
To dodge U.S. trade war, Chinese exporters shift production to Myanmar and other low-cost nations
Pressured by a labor crunch and rising wages in China, Shu Ke'an, whose company supplies bulletproof vests, rifle bags and other tactical gear to the United States, first considered shifting some production to Southeast Asia a few years ago, but nothing came of it.

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