Nanking loses prominence
The "Rape of Nanking" will no longer feature prominently in the nation's revised history textbooks, a newspaper said yesterday. The Chinese-language United Evening News said that in the new versions of history textbooks, which no longer consider China's history to be national history, only passing references are made to the massacre. A textbook from one publish-ing house does not mention the World War II atrocities committed by the Japanese in China, while textbooks from four other publishers only make a brief reference to it. The Ministry of Education decides the content of the textbooks, but they are printed by private publishers. The "Rape of Nanking" refers to the massacre which began after Nanking, then the capital of China, fell to Japanese troops on Dec. 13, 1937. Japanese soldiers carried out acts of rape, execution, arson and looting in and around Nanking that lasted for six weeks. China estimates the total death toll at about 300,000.
Cherry saplings planted
The Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration held a ceremony in the park in Tainan on Saturday to plant 250 cherry saplings donated by a Japanese cherry cultivation association. A tablet commemorating the friendship between Taiwan and Japan was also unveiled. Chimei Group founder Shi Wen-long (許文龍), presidential adviser Huang Kun-hu (黃崑虎) and scores of Japanese businesspeople were present at the ceremony, according to a park spokesman. The Japanese businesspeople performed Japanese folk songs, accompanied by Shi on mandolin, with the aim of creating the atmosphere of cherry blossoms apprecia-tion event in Japan, the spokesman said. National Science Council Deputy Minister Tai Chien (戴謙) said that there were 15 Japanese firms in the park, which has established the closest relationship with Japan among all of the nation's science parks. He said the cherry cultivation association donated the saplings because of a suggestion from Huang and the result will be that people working in the park and local residents will be able to enjoy Japanese cherry blossoms.
Post office posts record
Total postal savings deposits surpassed NT$4 trillion (US$123 billion) last year, marking a record high, according to the latest tallies released by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The statistics showed that total postal savings deposits last year increased by NT$363.8 billion, or 9.9 percent, over 2005. The postal savings system accounted for 15.4 percent of total deposits among all financial institutions in the nation last year, representing a 0.6 percent year-on-year increase, while the total value of postal simple life insurance was NT$830 billion, a decrease of NT$ 23.3 billion, or 2.7 percent, compared with the previous year. The value of money orders transferred by postal services reached NT$1,491.1 billion, posting an increase of NT$85.8 billion, or 6.1 percent, year-on-year. Meanwhile, a total of 17.9 million postal parcels were delivered last year, or 49,000 parcels on average per day. This represents a 13.5 percent growth over the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive yearly rise. One area did see a decline. The number of letters posted reached 2.66 billion, or an average of 7.3 million per day.
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying:
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while