Wed, Nov 09, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ Justice
Japan appeals over lepers

The Japanese government yesterday appealed a Japanese district court decision that the state compensate 25 Taiwanese plaintiffs who were segregated in a sanitorium under Japanese rule because they had leprosy. In response to the government's decision to appeal, lawyers for the Taiwanese leprosy patients expressed a "stern protest" and demanded that the government offer compensation to the Taiwanese as it did to Japanese leprosy patients. The Tokyo District Court ruled in favor of the Taiwanese plaintiffs on Oct. 25.

■ Earthquakes

Pair of quakes shakes south

Two quakes measuring 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale rocked the south of the country yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The first quake struck at 1:48pm, with an epicenter on the northern border of Pingtung and Kaohsiung counties. It originated 10km under-ground. The second and stronger quake occurred one minute later at around the same location. The bureau reported that the second quake was felt in Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Taitung cities.

■ Foreign affairs

Taiwanese injured in riots

The riots in the French capital have claimed the first injury of a Taiwanese living in Paris, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday. The Taiwanese expatriate surnamed Kao was beaten by the rioters when he tried to take a picture of rioting near his residence in Paris. His nose was broken, and he was hospitalized for medical treatment. On Monday, the ministry raised the travel advisory to France to a "yellow light," meaning Taiwanese residents and visitors in France should take extra precautions.

■ Diplomacy

Foreign minister in UAE

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) is on a secret trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to arrange the opening of mutual representative offices, and discuss the possibility of a visit by Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) to the oil-rich country at the end of this year, local media reported yesterday. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Michel Lu (呂慶龍) yesterday confirmed that Chen was indeed on a business trip abroad, but refused to give details on the minister's whereabouts. The Chinese-language China Times newspaper reported yesterday that Chen was in the UAE to sign a diplomatic document on the opening of mutual representative offices and to make arrangements for the vice president's visit next month.

■ Politics

KMT seized Seoul plot: DPP

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary-general Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) yesterday accused Hsueh Jung-fu (薛榮福), a representative accredited by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) in Seoul, South Korea, of occupying a piece of land in Seoul that belongs to Taiwan and refusing to return it to the government. Lee said that on Oct. 29, Hsueh, along with a group of his friends, beat and injured two friends of Pu Chao-chi (卜昭麒), from Taiwan's representative office in South Korea, who had accompanied Pu to ask Hsueh to give back the land. KMT spokesman Cheng Li-wen (鄭麗文) yesterday said she had no knowledge of the incident and could not comment on the accusation.

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