This week we tell you about Lin I-hsiung, who at 72 years of age has gone on yet another hunger strike to call attention to nuclear energy and referendums in Taiwan, and how these issues have again engulfed Taiwan in heated social debate. We also tell you about US President Obama’s trip to Asia and its impact on Taiwan, an opportunity for sensible and equitable development in Danshui, and Japan’s whale hunting expedition.

  • Just as soon as student demonstrators’ occupation of Taiwan’s parliament ended, another controversy took to the front of public debate in Taiwan. This time, people are demanding construction of Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Plant be stopped and nuclear power be phased out…
  • From April 22 to 29, US President Barack Obama visited several countries in the Asia Pacific region. He started off his trip in Japan, where the main concerns are differences over the multi-country Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trading bloc agreement, and the US resolve in being actively involved with regional security. This is the first time in almost 20 years that an American president visited Japan…
  • Opponents of the Tamhai New Town phase II project staged an overnight protest outside the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) last Wednesday, a day before the fourth scheduled environmental review…
  • Japan has resumed whale hunting activities even though the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled last month that Japan’s whale hunting in the Antarctic violated international moratorium on commercial whaling…

(Feature photo of Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, by Toach japan, on Wikicommons, by CC BY-SA 3.0)

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