Taiwanese flock to Japan
Taiwanese made up the largest number of foreign visitors to Japan in the first half of the year, figures released by the Japan National Tourist Organization on Wednesday showed. Of the record high 6.26 million visitors to Japan in the first six months of the year, 1,391,000 came from Taiwan, up 35.1 percent from the previous year, the government-run agency said. South Korea ranked second with 1,276,000 visitors, down 3.3 percent from last year, it added. China was the third-largest source of foreign visitors with 1,009,200, up by 88.25 percent. Overall, visitor numbers rose by 1.3 million from the first half of last year, which analysts attributed to the yen’s depreciation and increased flights to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Considering the growth in the first half, the total number of international visitors to Japan for the whole year is likely to reach 12 million, the Japan Tourism Agency said.
Spensley to head AIT center
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) yesterday said that Alys Spensley had begun her tenure as cultural affairs officer in the Public Diplomacy Section. Spensley concurrently serves as director of the AIT’s American Center, succeeding Robert Ryan, it added. She is responsible for strengthening educational and cultural ties between the US and Taiwan. Spensley previously served in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs as a staff assistant, and as policy and coordination officer in the US Department of State’s Office of Public Diplomacy from 2011 to last year. Prior to that, she served as cultural affairs officer and 2010 expo liaison officer in Shanghai, and was stationed at the US embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Spensley previously worked as a financial analyst and conducted research in China’s Yunnan Province.
FEW REMAIN: Conservationists tried to stop the demolition, but to no avail, and the owner cannot be fined, as the structure was not listed as a historical building One of the few remaining Japanese colonial-era granaries in Taiwan was dismantled by its owner on Friday, prompting outrage from conservationists. The granary, which was at No. 16, Lane 11, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1 in Taipei, belonged to Taiwan Takushoku Corp during the colonial era, conservationist Chang Wan-lin (張琬琳) said, adding that she and others had been collecting information to reapply to have the building protected as a historical structure. During the colonial era, the granary served the area from Monga (艋舺) to what is now Songshan District (松山) in the north, she said. “Back then the eastern part
SEEING THE POSITIVE: A majority of respondents in Taiwan said that they favored Trump because they think Taiwan-US ties would improve with him Among eight Asia-Pacific countries and regions, only Taiwan prefers US President Donald Trump over his challenger, former US vice president Joe Biden, in the upcoming US presidential election, a survey released on Thursday showed. According to the poll published by UK-based market research firm YouGov, 42 percent of Taiwanese favor Trump in the Nov. 3 election, while 30 percent back Biden and 28 percent have no opinion. In contrast, respondents in Malaysia favor Biden over Trump 62 percent to 9 percent, and in Singapore by 66 percent to 12 percent, the survey showed. Biden also led Trump in Australia (60 percent to 21
TROUBLEMAKER: The missiles, capable of striking up to 2,000km away, would likely be used to deter other nations from coming to Taiwan’s aid, a legislator said The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has reportedly deployed advanced hypersonic missiles along China’s southeast coast, which Taiwan’s missile defense system might have difficulty intercepting, an analyst said yesterday. Citing an unnamed military source, the South China Morning Post said that the missile bases on the coasts of China’s Fujian and Zhejiang provinces have been upgraded and are stocked with DF-17 missiles, equipped with hypersonic glide vehicles. “The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. “The
Hong Kong air traffic controllers turning away a Taiwanese flight last week might have been China’s first move in a broader campaign to restrict Taiwan’s air access to its outlying islands, a retired air force general said on Saturday. The government needs to establish a response plan in the event that aircraft are denied entry to Flight Information Regions (FIRs) en route to Kinmen and Matsu, among others islands, retired lieutenant general Chang Yen-ting (張延廷) said. The Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Interior, as well as the Straits Exchange Foundation and Mainland Affairs Council, must