Taiwan Headlines, Apr. 12, 2021

As the headline on Focus Taiwan put it: “Taiwan’s interior ministry prods KMT to change party emblem.”In a keynote report submitted to the Legislature’s Internal Administration Committee in response to a motion passed by the legislature in January, the ministry urged the KMT to alter its emblem.It said times have changed, to help the public […]

Taiwan Headlines, Apr. 11, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control, those needing to travel abroad should be able to buy a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this month at the earliest.An expected 5,000 to 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are to be set aside for purchase by those with a specified need to travel–though they haven’t […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Mar. 10

The water crisis begins to bite The reality that a water crisis is happening is finally beginning to impact urban residents in central Taiwan after previously been largely the concern of farmers whose farms were ordered to lay fallow and industries and businesses forced to curtail water usage.The Deji Reservoir that supplies Taichung has dropped […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Mar. 3–transcript

Matsu pilgrimage gets go-ahead The largest religious procession in Taiwan, the Dajia Jenn Lann Matsu pilgrimage, will go ahead this year in spite of pandemic worries.It will begin on April 9 and conclude on April 18.The dates were set after Jenn Lann Temple Chair Yen Ching-piao (顏清標) performed a ritual to seek instructions from Matsu, […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Feb. 24–transcript

Hope for the MRT to resume trials Throughout the Lunar New Year holiday tests on the Taichung Green Line continued, but without passengers.In the place of passengers, one of each of the two-carriage trains was assigned to carry 1,080 sandbags, each weighing 30 kilograms, to replicate the train carrying a maximum capacity of 536 passengers.All […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Feb 3–transcript

Plan to idle coal generators by 2035 passes The Legislative Yuan has passed a DPP resolution to decommission Taichung Power Plant’s coal-fired generators by 2035, and to preserve the generators as a national security emergency reserve.The plant’s owner, state-owned Taipower, had originally scheduled the decommissioning to be complete in 2046.The highly partisan 68-0 vote was […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Jan 27–transcript

Pandemic measures continue to increase In an echo of last spring, more pandemic measures are being imposed.Last week saw a large number of big events cancelled, including the Lantern Festival, and more, smaller events have been added to the list since then.Preventive measures will be taken at sites where crowds gather such as traditional markets, […]

ICRT’s Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Jan 20–transcript

Events once again being cancelled due to Covid With the new cluster outbreak of the coronavirus in Taoyuan, events are once again being impacted in Central Taiwan.In Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen announced that this year’s Central Taiwan Lantern Festival, originally due to be held in Taichung in February, will be cancelled.She also announced that the […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News, Jan. 6 transcript

Taichung hit with another transport snafu Taichung’s new policy of restricting the 10 kilometer free policy on buses to local citizens hit the streets on January 1, only to immediately run into trouble.Under the new policy, cash cards must be registered to qualify, and over 1 million Taichung citizens have already done so.However, some discovered […]

ICRT Weekly Central Taiwan News Report, Dec. 30–transcript

New Year’s festivities to go ahead Barring a last-minute coronavirus outbreak, Central Taiwan’s New Year’s Eve concerts and events look set to go ahead.Not everything is completely normal, however, with various measures being taken due to the pandemic.At the main New Year’s Eve event and concert in Taichung’s Central Park, attendees will be limited to […]