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September 21 2019


BBC News: Hong Kong protests: The Taiwanese sending 2,000 gas masks

«Slowly but surely, the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan see their fate as tied. They are the only two places in Greater China that have tasted freedom - and some believe by joining forces, they could show the Chinese leadership and people how much democracy is worth fighting for.»

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August 30 2019


Taiwan Urges China, Hong Kong for Answers on Missing Activist

«Taiwan has urged China to provide information on the whereabouts of a Taiwanese activist who went missing after joining pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Morrison Lee traveled to Hong Kong for a vacation on Aug. 18 and attended one of the city’s anti-extradition protests, Archer Chen, chief of Fangliao Township in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung, told Bloomberg News. Lee serves as an unpaid adviser to the township, according to Chen. Lee was scheduled to travel to the southern mainland city of Shenzhen for business two days later.

Lee’s family says they have not heard from him since he entered the mainland, Chiu Chui-cheng, deputy minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said at a briefing Thursday. Taiwan has asked mainland Chinese and Hong Kong authorities to help look for Lee, but the Chinese authorities have not responded, Chiu said earlier Thursday.

Beijing is required by bilateral agreements to inform Taipei if a Taiwanese citizen is detained in China, but the government hasn’t received any communication so far, according to Chiu.»

August 28 2019


@natashaskassam: If you can’t be in HK, the Lennon Wall in Taipei is incredibly moving, and I was proud to see @badiucao [Chinese artist] art everywhere. 香港加油

Reposted byfinkregh finkregh

May 21 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.
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August 20 2018


@PressTV: Too Realistic to be on the plate! Taiwan restaurant dishes up ice cream puppies!

August 16 2018


January 04 2018

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July 14 2017


“Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei told the BBC: ‘China is such a society [where] the government is very arrogant and will never listen or negotiate or tolerate these kind of ideas. It's not only Liu Xiaobo, before him... millions lost their lives.’”

“Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said on Facebook: ‘The Chinese dream should not be swaggering, the Chinese dream should include the dream of Liu Xiaobo: the implementation of democracy, so that every Chinese person can have freedom and dignity.’”

Liu Xiaobo: China's most prominent dissident dies (BBC News, Jul. 13 2017)

May 25 2017


“Taiwan's top court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, stating that current laws prohibiting such unions are unconstitutional. The landmark decision paves the way for Taiwan to become the first place in Asia to allow gay unions.

A panel of grand justices of the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the definition of marriage between a man and a woman violated two articles of the constitution.

‘The need, capability, willingness and longing, in both physical and psychological senses, for creating such permanent unions of intimate and exclusive nature are equally essential to homosexuals and heterosexuals, given the importance of the freedom of marriage to the sound development of personality and safeguarding of human dignity,’ the court said in its ruling.

It also stated that the freedom of marriage for homosexuals will ‘constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society.’

The panel gave the island's parliament, known as the Legislative Yuan, two years to either amend current laws or enact new ones. If legislators fail to meet the deadline, same-sex couples can register to marry based on the Wednesday ruling.

‘If relevant laws are not amended or enacted within the said two years, two persons of the same sex who intend to create the said permanent union shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated,’ the court said.”

Taiwan's top court backs same-sex marriage in 1st for Asia (RT News, May 24 2017)

Reposted byRekrut-K Rekrut-K

May 17 2015

Under the new rules, importers of Japanese food products will be required to present certificates of origin to prove that the imports are not from the five prefectures [Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gumma and Chiba]. For some high risk imports including aquatic products, tea and baby food, radiation inspection certificates will also be required, according to Taiwan's health authority.

Anger has been growing in Taiwan since March after food products from the banned Japanese prefectures were found to have been imported and sold in the island with falsified origins in Chinese-language labels.

Since news of the scandal broke, items including tea, packet noodles, cookies and sweets had been ordered off supermarket shelves.
Taiwan introduces new rules on Japanese food imports (Shanghai Daily, May 14 2015)
Reposted byRekrut-K Rekrut-K

May 16 2015


Taiwan enforces stricter controls on Japanese food imports

from reuters.com (May 15 2015):

Taiwan on Friday began enforcing stricter rules on inspecting imported Japanese food products potentially originating in radiation-exposed areas, prompting a warning from Tokyo that it may call on the WTO for a ruling unless the restrictions are eased.

The new rules will only allow foods with Japanese government-issued place of origin certificates to enter Taiwan. On top of that, certain items from designated places in Japan will need radiation testing reports before they are granted access into Taiwan markets.

Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration said the latest enforcement was in line with radiation safety management practices that other countries have put in place on Japanese food imports following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

It said it "is necessary to protect the safety of food consumption" for Taiwanese.

But Japan is protesting the move, with the government warning that it may escalate the matter to the World Trade Organization, potentially deepening the conflict between Taipei and Tokyo.

"Japan's government would like to urge Taiwan to scrap or ease the import restrictions based on scientific perspective," said Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman said at a news conference on Friday in Tokyo.

His comments follow a similar message from Agricultural Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Tuesday that Tokyo may look to involve the WTO if Taiwan didn't ease off on its regulations.

In January, Fukushima rice passed Japan's radiation checks for the first time since the 2011 crisis.

Earlier this year, Taiwanese authorities said that more than 200 Japanese food products sold on the island originally came from radiation exposed areas near Fukushima Dai-ichi, but were mislabeled as having come from other areas.

Health officials at the time indicated they discovered suspect labeling by importers of Japanese food products, including Chinese-language labels carrying different places of origin that were stuck to mask the products' domestic Japanese labels.

Taiwanese media reported in March that food products, from the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gumma and Chiba, which were banned in Taiwan since March 2011, had crept into local supermarkets due to the mislabeling.

Taiwan is the third-largest market for Japanese exports of food and agricultural, forest and fishery products.

As a Japanese citizen, I hope other countries will follow the suit of Taiwan. Unfortunately, the government won’t change their policy on food safety unless they face international challenges.

Reposted byanti-nuclear anti-nuclear
Since 311, Taiwan has been banning all the food imports from 5 prefectures around Fukushima and required radiation test on over 800 sorts of food imports. On 4/16/2015, Taiwan announced the further restriction on Japanese food imports, which practically bans all food imports from Japan.
Taiwan to ban all food imports from Japan (Fukushima Diary, May 14 2015)




May 07 2015


Mos Burger denies speculation its foods use radiation-tainted sauces - The China Post

“In response to the findings of a Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW, 衛福部) investigation, and subsequent media reports, Mos Burger said that the two sauces were handled by an affiliate, Magic Food Mos Food Industry (Magic Food, 魔術食品). It imported Mos Burger's chili sauce powder from Green Spice Seasoning in Saitama, while the spice mix meat sauce was produced at the Tokyo-based Maruta Food System.

The popular fast-food chain stated that the sauces were not imported from radiation-stricken areas. Mos Burger's statement also claimed the company had always adhered to the MHW's Food Sanitation and Safety standards when inspecting its suppliers.

The MHW's Food and Drugs Administration (FDA, 食藥署) said that Magic Food had been importing its ‘No Brand Sauce’ from at least one of the five radiation-stricken Japanese prefectures last month. 504 kilograms of goods were stopped at customs and did not make it onto shelves, according to the FDA's report.

The FDA's report into food products that breach safety regulations said that Magic Food has been importing the two sauces, which were produced by Kohbai Foods (紅梅食品工業). While Kohbai Foods labeled its products as ‘Originating in Tokyo,’ FDA officials discovered that the factory is actually located in Tochigi Prefecture (櫪木縣), one of the prefectures restricted by Taiwan.”

I have no idea whether the “Originating in Tokyo” is intentional mislabelling. While the Kohbai Foods has its factories in Tochigi, it is a fact that the head office is Nerima, Tokyo. The company has been producing ingredients for Mos Burger since 1972.

In my opinion, it’s quite difficult to block completely import of foods produced in Fukushima-stricken regions in Japan, because today’s food production is dependent on the system of complex labor division.

Regarding Mos Burger, I’d like to point out that the fast-food seller has been taking hostile attitude towards people’s concern for radiation since the Fukushima meltdown. Last August, from the previous year on, Mos Burger sold hamburgers made with Fukushima tomato at its shops in Fukushima.

April 01 2015


simplyinfoorg: A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong.

Reposted byanti-nuclearRekrut-Kmolotovcupcake

Taiwan: 283 Mislabeled Japanese Food Products Originated Near Fukushima

by Stephanie Chao, chinapost.com (Mar. 25 2015, via fukushimaupdate.com):

More than 283 Japanese food products imported from the radiation-stricken areas near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster were found to be relabeled as having come from other areas of Japan and sold to local customers, authorities said yesterday.

Officials from New Taipei City’s Department of Health, as well as the Food and Drug Administration and other law-enforcement authorities, seized the mislabeled products, although a substantial portion had already been sold to consumers.

Authorities inspected warehouses in New Taipei City belonging to food companies such as Sheng Yu (盛裕), Li Tuo (勵拓), Sun Friend (上煬) and Tai Crown (太冠).

Health Department officials said Sheng Yu imported soy sauce labeled “Tokyo-made” last month. In reality, they were manufactured in areas that have import restrictions, such as Chiba (千葉), Gumma (群馬), Fukushima (福島), Ibaraki (茨城) and Tochigi (櫪木) prefectures.

Nineteen products originated from areas exposed to radiation and five other products have expired, the department said.

The department also investigated Li Tuo, Sun Friend and Tai Crown’s warehouses in Taishan, Xinzhuang and Xindian districts. They discovered several products from areas with import restrictions: seven from Li Tuo, 25 from Sun Friend and 19 from Tai Crown.

Further investigation revealed downstream companies that stock the imported products include well-known Japanese department stores, food chains and boutiques, including Wellcome (頂好), JPMed (日藥本舖), Matsusei (松青), Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越), B&Q (特力屋) and HOLA.

Officials have discovered a total of 2,391 kilograms of problematic products and will continue to investigate.

Food and Drug Administration chief Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) pointed out there has been a rise in reports of products from the five areas that were affected by the Fukushima crisis. The administration and police investigated areas including Hsinchu County, Taichung City, Tainan City and Kaohsiung City from March 19 to 21.

Investigators found around 3,000 products with mislabeled origins at the Port of Keelung. More than 300 products were reported to have been imported from the five prefectures exposed to radiation.

The investigations have proven to be difficult because Japanese and Taiwanese companies have different management practices, Chiang said. The administration has resolved to crack down on the 10 companies involved with the mislabeled products.

The Health Department has also said the companies will take responsibility and full refunds will be provided for consumers with products and receipts for purchases made on or after March 11, 2011.

Products found in violation of the law have been pulled from the shelves. The import companies have also been ordered to inform downstream sellers to cease the sale of all the said products within a week.

Reposted byanti-nuclear anti-nuclear



February 04 2015

Male University Students in Taiwan Wear Skirts to Support Transgender Community

"I cannot help but feel sad. What makes us be so overcome with negative feelings when we see a minority who is different from us?"
Reposted from02mydafsoup-01 02mydafsoup-01

May 14 2014


April 29 2014

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