Japanese aircraft makers have asked the government to help fund their work in developing and building Boeing Co's new 7E7 jet, an industry organization said yesterday. \nFuji Heavy Industries, Kawa-saki Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries were picked by Boeing in June to help design and build the jet along with US and Italian manufacturers. \nYoshio Ibaragi, spokesman for industrial group Japan Aircraft Development Corp, said his association and company officials have requested funding for the three Japanese manufacturers. \nHe did not say how much money they were seeking. \nAlthough the government has not made a decision yet, it would give money if the project contributes to Japan's aviation technology, said a trade ministry official in charge of aviation on condition of anonymity. \nHe added officials were still discussing the feasibility of 7E7. \nNicknamed the "Dreamliner," the 7E7 is expected to begin operating in 2008. A midsize jet, it will seat 200 to 250 passengers, and will be designed with greater fuel-efficiency to allow more nonstop flights. \nFuji Heavy spokesman Shinichi Murata said the government gave Japanese companies financial assistance when they helped developed Boeing's 777 and 767 jets. \nHe said Fuji Heavy engineers have already joined their American counterparts in Seattle to work on the project. \nChicago-based Boeing, the world's largest manufacturer of airliners, reported last month a loss of US$192 million for the second quarter. The company has cut 35,000 jobs since the Sept. 11 attacks and last month announced plans to slash 5,000 more. \nBut the company has said it stands by its forecast to deliver between 275 and 300 commercial jets next year -- the lowest levels for Boeing since 1996, when it delivered 271 jets. \nBoeing said it received orders for five 737s, bringing its total orders for the year to 151.
‘HERO OF THE ERA’: President Tsai Ing-wen expressed deep sadness at Lee’s passing, and told the government to assist his family with all their needs Former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) passed away at 7:24pm yesterday at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He was 97 years old. The hospital stated the cause of death as septic shock and multiple organ failure. Lee had been hospitalized there since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home. He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia. The hospital said that Lee had been treated with antibiotics, but that his health had not improved, as his advanced age and diabetes had inhibited his immune system and led to recurring infections. During his hospitalization, Lee underwent daily kidney dialysis, which removed
‘WEAK POSITIVE’: The man arrived in Taiwan in May and was quarantined for two weeks, Chen Shih-chung said, adding that he might be infected a long time ago The government is considering tightening mask-wearing rules again in light of a potential domestic COVID-19 infection, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases, six of which are imported. The other case involves a Belgian engineer who entered Taiwan on May 3 and remained in quarantine until May 17, said Chen, who heads the CECC. Although the source of infection has yet to be identified, the case could end the nation’s record of not having any domestic cases in the previous 110 days. The Belgian, in his 20s, is a technician
RECEIVING TREATMENT: President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang visited former president Lee Teng-hui yesterday morning Taipei Veterans General Hospital yesterday rebutted speculation that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had died a day earlier, saying that he was weak, but receiving treatment. The hospital said the 97-year-old Lee was not in good condition and needed ongoing care, adding that if there are any changes in his condition, it would make those public. The comments came after rumors emerged online on Tuesday that Lee had died after being hospitalized since early February. Soon after the unsubstantiated rumors emerged, reporters started flocking to the hospital seeking confirmation. Lee was admitted to Taipei Veterans General Hospital on Feb. 8 after choking while drinking
THAI CASE UPDATE: Twenty-nine close contacts of the worker have been tested with two types of tests, including 18 dorm mates, with 28 negative results so far Five imported cases of COVID-19, four from the Philippines and one from Hong Kong, were reported yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases in Taiwan to 467, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday. The four returning from the Philippines were on the same flight, and the local health department has identified 15 people who had direct contact with them — including 10 passengers in the two rows in front or behind them, who have been put under 14-day home isolation, and five crew members, who will practice 14-day self-health management, said Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang