Delegation visits Japan
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will lead a delegation to Japan today to meet politicians and visit an area of the country that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March last year, the party said yesterday. The 10--member delegation will pay a visit to Sendai City, a port city in northeastern Japan that was the closest major city to the epicenter of the March 11 quake, to express its support for reconstruction projects in the disaster area, said Lin Yu-chang (林右昌), the DPP’s spokesman and head of the delegation. On Thursday, Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko thanked Taiwan for its assistance following the disasters that battered Japan last year. Akihito and his wife personally expressed Japan’s gratitude to Taiwanese representative to Japan John Feng (馮寄台), who was invited to attend an imperial spring garden party with his wife.
Taiwanese inventors shine
Taiwan shone brightly at one of the world’s most prestigious invention shows in Geneva, Switzerland, this year, winning eight special prizes, two more than in the previous year, and 45 gold medals, three more than last year. The 40th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, where Taiwanese inventors also gained 52 silver and 25 bronze medals, is being held from Wednesday to today. Among the eight Taiwanese inventions that won the special prizes, three were awarded by an 85-member international jury for their energy-saving and energy-recycling features. The three designs were lamps and fans that can generate their own power, an automated household security lighting system that requires only 19 Watts of power but produces the equivalent of 40 Watts, and a wind generator that needs only a breeze to produce power.
Ex-pastor faces sentence
A former church minister was indicted by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office on Friday for the 1991 killing of a man he suspected of having an affair with his wife. Samuel Chi (紀福讚), the ex-pastor of the Evangelical Formosan Church in California, suspected a deacon in his congregation surnamed Yu (余) was having an affair with his wife and with other women in the congregation. During a heated argument, Chi killed Yu with a hatchet on July 3, 1991. He later called the police and confessed to the murder. Chi was repatriated to Taiwan in June last year after serving 19 years and four months in a California prison. According to prosecutors, Taiwan’s Criminal Code stipulates that if a national commits a crime overseas that results in a sentence of more than three years, the person must face the law after serving their time overseas.
Coast guard watches Taiping
The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said it is closely monitoring all foreign vessels near the waters of Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island (太平島) in the South China Sea. The CGA, the Maritime Patrol Directorate General and the Southern Coastal Patrol Office all said they would monitor any foreign ship entering Taiwan’s territorial water, but declined to elaborate, calling it a matter of national security. The remarks were in response to a report in the latest edition of the Chinese-language China Times Weekly on Friday that said Vietnamese armed patrol ships twice last month entered the restricted waters near Taiping Island. The island is the largest of the Nansha Islands, or Spratly Islands.