Local artists show in Japan
Mentally challenged Taiwanese artists will showcase drawings, ceramics, dough figurines and other work at an exhibition that opens in Japan tomorrow. The works of the 29 artists will be displayed alongside that of their Japanese counterparts at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Shiga Prefecture, Taiwan’s Parents’ Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability said. The “Japan Taiwan Outsider Art Exhibition” is the sixth exhibition organized by the association and Shigaraki Seinenryo, a Japanese institution that helps mentally challenged people produce and sell ceramic tableware and provides studios for the artists. The first five exhibitions were held in Taiwan in 2011 and last year. The exhibition will run until June 9.
Malaysia nabs 55 Taiwanese
Malaysian police, in collaboration with their Taiwanese counterparts, broke up a cross-border telephone fraud ring on Thursday, arresting 87 people, including three Malaysians, 55 Taiwanese and 29 Chinese. The ring operated out of two luxury houses in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Of the Taiwanese, 31 are men and 24 women, according to the Malaysian police. The police also seized 113 telephones, 11 notebook computers, two desktop computers, 11 servers and 12 mobile phones in the raid. The ring was allegedly involved in about 60 cases over the past three months, taking in 1 million Chinese yuan (US$162,800) by defrauding Chinese people, the Malaysian police said, citing data provided by China’s Ministry of Public Security. All of the Taiwanese and Chinese suspects entered the country legally and after being investigated, will be deported to their home countries to stand trial, the police said.