Taiwan’s First Beer Museum Launched Near Kenting

A brewery and museum dedicated to beer has opened in Hengchun in on Taiwan’s south coast. The 3000 Brewseum boasts 3000 beer glasses from breweries around the world, and a large portrait of Mona Lisa made with 8,400 beer labels. Visitors can learn about the history and science of brewing and enjoy drinking craft beers at the bar afterwards. The collection includes more than 80 year old Krueger’s Cream Ale and Krueger’s Finest Beer cans that are claimed to be

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Japan Establishes New Military Outpost Near Taiwan

Japan brought a new radar installation online yesterday March 28, on Yonaguni Island just 100 kilometers from the port of Su’ao on Taiwan’s east coast. The installation will be manned by a contingent of 160 soldiers. Yonaguni Island has a population of around 1500 and is part of the YaeYama group of Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. First annexed by Japan in 1879, it was occupied by the USA from 1945 to 1972 when it was returned to Japan. Construction of

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Stranded Freighter Update

Legislators held a meeting today and announced plans to remove 9 containers of hazardous chemicals from a stranded freighter that is breaking up on the north coast of Taiwan. The Ministry of Transportation said the containers are secured to the ship with little chance of falling into the sea, and will be removed next week. The containers are secured in the front half of the ship, which is stable. The back half of the ship is tilting dangerously to seaward.

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Taiwan’s North Coast Polluted by Oil Spill

Taiwan’s scenic north coast today is suffering from an oil spill from a grounded ship that is breaking in half. EPA authorities yesterday were preparing for the disaster as the ship began to break up. These pictures were taken by United Daily News reporter Xu Zhenghong this morning March 25, 2016.

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EPA Preparing for Oil Spill as Freighter Breaks Up.

Environmental Protection Authorities in Taiwan are preparing for an oil spill as freighter which ran aground March 10 has developed a large crack in the hull and looks to be breaking in half. About 242 cubic meters of heavy oil remain on board after recovery efforts were stopped due to bad weather. An oil boom has been put in place to prevent oil entering the cooling system of a nearby nuclear power-plant which depends on sea-water to cool the reactor.

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Snow and Ice in the Mountains: Traffic Controls to be enforced

Due to expected snow and icy conditions on Taiwan’s mountain roads, the National Highway Administration has announced that traffic controls will be implemented from tonight March 24 to the morning of March 26. Motorists will be required to use snow chains to traverse some sections on the cross-island highways and other high-altitude roads. Some sections may completely closed to traffic depending on conditions. Taiwan is currently under the influence of a continental cold air mass. Continental high pressure systems form

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World War II Bomb Unearthed in Keelung

Workers digging up pavement at number 4 wharf at Keelung Harbor yesterday, unearthed two un-exploded bombs. The bombs are most likely from World War Two, when American forces bombed targets in Japanese occupied Taiwan, including Keelung and Taipei. Army bomb disposal experts removed the bombs from the site this morning and searched the site for more un-exploded ordnance. After finding none, they gave the all-clear to resume work. Keelung Harbor is Taiwan’s northernmost port, and was developed into the island’s

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Taipei Airport MRT vs. Hokkaido Shinkansen

A couple of days ago a discussion began on Taiwan’s popular PTT Bulletin board. This led to an article by Zeng Hua-rei (曾華銳), published on Buzzorange.com yesterday, and today the issue has hit the papers. Comparisons are being made between the construction of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, which is due to open this Saturday, March 26, and the Taoyuan Airport MRT which was due to begin operations in 2013. The metro line’s construction schedule has been plagued by delays, and the

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Tainan City’s First Electric Bus Service

Tainan City officials launched the city’s first electric bus service yesterday, March 22, 2016. Nine electric buses will service the new 11 kilometer route at 20-30 minute intervals. The route covers Tainan Train Station, National Cheng Kung University, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, shopping districts, and the Anping historical district. Mayor William Lai expressed the hope that eventually all gasoline buses servicing the 108 bus routes in the city will be replaced by electric buses. A Department of Transport spokesperson

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Major Housing Development Dumps Raw Sewage into Local Streams

A meeting was held today after whistle-blowers revealed a residential housing development in Linkou are about to let residents move in to buildings which are not connected to a sewage system, and are currently polluting local streams with raw effluent. The A7 affordable housing buildings were constructed by the Far Glory group, and have already attracted controversy after executives were found to have paid bribes to get approval for the project. In December 2015, two senior executives and a deputy

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Taiwan East Coast Rocks! 100kg Intercepted at Airport

Taiwan’s East Coast National Scenic Area Administration Office in Taidong (Taitung) recently received 100 kilograms of rocks in 5 boxes. The rocks were confiscated over a three-month period from Chinese tourists attempting to exit the country with the popular, free, but illegal, souvenirs. The haul included small stones, easy to slip into your pocket to very large stones, and also a bottle of sand. Customs officials pointed out that rocks, especially larger ones constitute a flight security risk, as they

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