Fri, Jun 04, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER, WITH AGENCIES

■ Crime

Scam suspect deported

Officials yesterday deported a Japanese national suspected of involvement in a lending scam and of membership in

a major Japanese crime syndicate, police said. Three Japanese police officers escorted Takashi Yamane, 35, on a flight to Tokyo, said Kao Cheng-sen (高政昇), secretary general of the National

Police Agency's Criminal Investigation Bureau. Acting on a tip, police arrested Yamane on May 21 at CKS International Airport, from where he was planning to

fly to Hong Kong, Kao said. Japanese police have accused Yamane of laundering money for the Yamaguchi-gumi,

one of Japan's biggest crime syndicates. The suspect was alleged to have traveled to Taiwan and Southeast Asia to launder money collected by the syndicate's loan sharks, Kao told reporters.

■ Education

Funds raised for camp

Lions International in Taiwan, Taitung Chulu International Vacation Village, All Travel Service Co Ltd, Hang

Bang Tourism and other organizations yesterday announced a joint donation

of NT$1.4 million to send 200 disadvantaged youths to a summer camp in Taitung County to better understand Aboriginal culture. The students will attend the camp with other children in grades three to eight from across the nation. Forty-five four-day sessions will be offered from July 1 to Aug. 15. A total of 7,000 children are expected to attend over this period, with most participants paying over NT$6,000 to take part.

■ Diplomacy

Lu receives award

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) received a human-rights medal from the University of Costa Rica

on Wednesday for her "life-long efforts in promoting democracy and human rights." Lu arrived in Costa Rica at around noon on Wednesday after a three-

day visit to neighboring El Salvador. She was awarded the "best human rights fighter" medal by the university in recognition of her promotion of democracy and human rights over the decades. Lu was imprisoned for more than six years over

a pro-democracy campaign during the nation's martial-law era. Later in the day,

Lu visited the Costa Rican National Assembly, where she attended a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Costa Rica. The two countries signed an agreement in

1944. Costa Rican National Assembly Speaker Gerardo Gonzalez and lawmakers joined Lu at the ceremony.

■ Defense

War games held on Penghu

The military practiced an artillery counterattack early yesterday morning in Penghu as reports revealed China also plans to conduct military exercises later this month. The mock attack against a Chinese blockade took place on the western side of the island chain. The live-ammunition maneuvers included short-distance defensive weapons. Artillerymen attacked imaginary Chinese troops landing on a Penghu beach. Navy and air force officials said the exercises showed that the military could meet any challenge.

■ Government

Up go the fees, naturally

Fees for Certificates of Nationality, Naturalization and other related documents will increase from NT$200 to NT$1,000 from next month, the Ministry of the Interior announced yesterday. The ministry said that the fee hike reflected increasing administrative costs, and that no adjustment had been made since July 1, 1995.

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