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The government has issued the first vehicle license plate to be used in autonomous vehicle trials since it began to enforce the Act for Uncrewed Vehicle Technology Innovations and Experiments (無人載具科技創新實驗條例) in October last year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday. Earlier this month, Kinwaytek Technology Co, a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom Co, received the nation’s first license plate for autonomous vehicle trials. Lin and several other government officials were yesterday...

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Although the nation’s first 5G auction will not be concluded until its second phase ends on Feb. 21, the bids generated in the first phase of the auction — NT$138.08 billion (US$4.56 billion) in total — have sparked concerns about the future of the nation’s telecommunications industry and whether 5G services can be made available at an affordable price. Bids quickly surged to NT$26.77 billion when the auction began on Dec. 10 and rose rapidly,...

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The district of Sanchong in New Taipei has seen better times. In the 1970s, it emerged as the processing hub for manufacturing in northern Taiwan, with factories lining major transportation arteries and tucked away in small alleys. Small factory owners honed their specific skills and relied on their two hands to support the economic miracle Taiwan was so proud of. But the days when money seemingly fell from the skies over Sanchong are long gone.Today,...

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Over the past few months, the Chiayi District Prosecutors’ Office has stepped up its investigation into underground money transfer and remittance services that were allegedly provided by Wu Cheng-lin (吳承霖), a former chairman of the parents’ association at an elementary school in Chiayi City, and someone who often donated money for construction projects at the school. Wu and his wife, Chen Wen-jui (陳玟叡), who have achieved success in the plastic materials business in China and...

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… Data compiled by the DGBAS showed regular monthly wages for October averaged NT$42,060 (US$1,392), up NT$831 or 2.02 percent from a year earlier, compared with a 1.72 percent increase in September, the slowest growth since May 2017 when regular wages grew 1.59 percent. Market analysts said the latest average regular wage growth indicated the local job market remains stable at a time when labor demand was still solid despite unfavorable global trade issues. However,...

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Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) Just one day after Far Eastern Air Transport Corp. (FAT), a mid-sized international carrier, said in a surprise announcement that it had stopped operations due to financial difficulties, FAT Chairman Chang Kang-wei (張綱維) said Friday that the operations will restart, thanks to the promise of a fund injection. … Read full article here: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201912130009.aspx

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The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said that it has asked two domestic carriers to offer additional flights to Kinmen and Penghu after Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT, 遠東航空) announced that it is to cease operations today. There are 500 passengers stranded overseas, the CAA added. … “Due to financial losses and difficulties in securing funds for operations, we would stop all aviation services starting Dec. 13,” FAT wrote in a statement yesterday. … Read...