Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday defended the city government’s promotion of the forthcoming Flora Expo, dismissing concerns about poor translation into Japanese during an event in Tokyo on Tuesday. \nHau arrived in Japan on Monday for a three-day visit to promote the expo, and attended a promotional event at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon. Taiwanese singer Lin Yu-chun (林育群) and Judy Ongg (翁倩玉), a Taiwanese singer living in Japan, also took part. \nThe city government said the promotional tour had been a success, but a story in the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister paper) reported that Tuesday’s event descended into “chaos” because of poor translation into Japanese. \nHau introduced the delicacies and major attractions of Taipei to representatives from Japanese travel firms and Japanese reporters during the two-hour event, but a translator frequently struggled to come up with the correct translation and made the event incomprehensible for most of the audience, the report said. \nShrugging off the story, Hau said yesterday the translator was a Taiwanese PhD student in Japan who had been nervous during the event. \n“We still successfully promoted the expo in Japan. The audience loved Lin and Ongg and Fuji TV broadcast the press conference shortly after it was held,” Hau said yesterday when meeting with the press in his office. \nThe Taipei City Government cooperated with EVA Air in organizing Hau’s promotional tour to Japan. Hau said the airline invited the translator and the company had already apologized to him over the translation problems. \nThe Taipei International Flora Expo will be held from Nov. 6 to April 25 next year. The city government began its international promotional events last year, and has held several events in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
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