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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

CRIME

Two owners sentenced

The owners of two food companies involved in a tainted food scandal earlier this year were given jail sentences and fines for purposely providing false information to health authorities, the Taichung District Court said yesterday. According to the court ruling, Chen Chun-jan (陳俊然) purchased a total of 1,500kg of plasticizers from major supplier Yu Shen Chemical Co in March with assistance from Chan Tse-yuan (詹澤遠). Chen then used the plasticizers as a cheaper alternative for clouding agent, the ruling said. As a nationwide crackdown on retailers involved in the scandal began at the end of May, Chen used another identity to cheat the authorities by telling investigators he bought the plasticizers from a biotech company, the court said, adding that Chen asked Chan and the accountant of his company to provide false purchase orders and related information. Chen, who did not inform his customers even after he realized the toxic nature of the plasticizers, was sentenced to two years in prison and fined NT$1.2 million (US$39,900), while Chan was given a seven-month sentence and fined NT$20,000, the court said.

CINEMA

Sun Yat-sen to be animated

Corporate representatives from Taiwan and Japan signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to make the first 3D animation film about the founding father of the Republic of China (ROC) Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙). The animated feature will be produced by Taiwan-based Studio 2 Animation Lab with technical support from Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo Holdings Corp and special effects developer Shirogumi Inc, the Institute for Information Industry said. The production of the film, scheduled to be aired in Taiwan and China in October next year, will also involve three Chinese partners, the institute said. The participants also plan to form a “Sun Yat-sen Alliance” to shoot a series of TV dramas and movies in the future, the institute added.

SOCIETY

Japanese say thanks

Japanese private groups are giving away 5,000 T-shirts they made as a gesture to thank Taiwan for its aid and generous donations in the wake of the powerful earthquake that hit Japan in March, a visiting Japanese lawmaker said yesterday. New Renaissance Party founder Yoichi Masuzoe, who is in Taiwan on a four-day visit that ends tomorrow, said the non-governmental groups decided to make the shirts in gratitude of Taiwanese for their help in the aftermath of the earthquake. Designed by a Japanese illustrator, the T-shirts feature Chinese characters expressing thanks and a heart-shaped icon showing the close relationship between the two countries. The shirts are being distributed to the public at travel agencies in Japan and Masuzoe said “we hope Japanese visitors to Taiwan will wear them during their stays in the country.”

NATURE

Yushan lobbying intensifies

Taiwan has stepped up its lobbying efforts for online voters to pick Yushan (玉山), also known as Jade Mountain, as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” in the final stage of the competition. The Yushan National Park Headquarters has been sending out e-mails, urging people to vote for Yushan on the Web site http://n7w.ysnp.gov.tw before the poll ends on Nov. 11. “This is now the crucial phase,” headquarters director Yu Deng-liang (游登良) said. Yushan, located in central Taiwan, is the highest mountain in East Asia. It is one of the 28 finalists in the four-stage contest that began three years ago.

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