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Japanese Magazine Cover Sparks Media Storm in TaiwanSumiki Hikari

A recent cover of the Japanese magazine Brutus had Taiwanese media outlets up in arms, upset at the representation of their country. Brutus is well known in Taiwan among followers of the latest trends. It can be found in virtually every bookshop and café, and within arm’s reach of almost every creator. It is an essential publication guiding young Taiwanese people’s consideration of their own cu…

Shedding Light on “Formosa’s Betrayal”: Kabira Chōsei on George Kerr and Taiwanese History

Soon after World War II ended, the February 28 Incident rocked the island of Taiwan. The diplomat and scholar George Kerr explored this bloody chapter in Taiwanese history in his book Formosa Betrayed. We spoke with Kabira Chōsei, an Okinawan broadcaster raised in Taiwan under Japanese rule, about George Kerr—who taught him English in his school days—and his take on Taiwan’s past and present.

Reproduced Japanese-Era Taipei Train Station in Limelight (News)

Taipei, April 16 (Jiji Press)—A train station building that was constructed in Taipei in 1916, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, was reproduced in the Taiwanese capital recently about 30 years after it was dismantled and removed from its original site. The rebuilt Xinbeitou Station in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 6, 2017. (© Jiji) The re-created Xinbeitou Station, built near the site of the …

A Blessed Life: Taiwanese Soldier Who Fought for Japan Recounts His “Good Fortunes”

During World War II, many foreign nationals fought as members of the Japanese Imperial Army, including 200,000 from Taiwan, which Japan ruled at the time. One of them was Go Masao, now 89 years old, who lectures widely to young people on his unique experiences during and long after the war.

Sugiura Shigemine: The Japanese Pilot Who Became a God in TaiwanKatakura Yoshifumi

Sugiura Shigemine was one of many Japanese fighter pilots who lost their lives in fierce air battles waged in the skies above Taiwan during World War II. In a small community in Tainan, the final act of this ill-fated flyer transformed him into the revered god known as General Flying Tiger.

When Trumpism Met the East Asian WallTeshima Ryūichi

In his summit with Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, President Donald Trump shifted his East Asian security and diplomatic policy back toward the standard course set by his predecessors. Journalist Teshima Ryūichi takes a look at what Trump’s promises to defend the Senkakus and adhere to the “one China” policy mean for the East Asian diplomatic scene.

A New Administration in Taiwan: Prospects for Relations with JapanNojima Tsuyoshi

On May 20, 2016, Tsai Ing-wen, head of the Democratic Progressive Party, was inaugurated as president of Taiwan, replacing Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT, Nationalist Party). With this change of administration in Taipei, hopes for improved relations between Japan and Taiwan have risen to an unprecedented level on both sides. The combination of Tsai’s posture on external relations—one of…

The Lure of Tainan: The “Roots” of Taiwan with Links to JapanHitoto Tae

Taiwan is just a three-hour flight from Tokyo. Although it is a small island—around a tenth the size of Japan—its history of colonial control by a range of foreign powers gives it a unique, multicultural atmosphere. The capital of Taipei, known for its xiaolongbao steamed buns, night markets, and massage, is a particularly popular destination for Japanese travelers. The city of Tainan, some two …

How to Read Taiwan’s Recent Elections: A New Administration at a CrossroadsKawashima Shin

On January 16, 2016, voters in Taiwan went to the polls to select a new president and legislators. Tsai Ing-wen, head of the Democratic Progressive Party, won the presidency, receiving more votes than the combined total for her two main opponents, Eric Chu (Chu Li-luan) of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT, Nationalist Party), and James Soong of the People First Party. The DPP also scored a major victo…

Selling the Shinkansen Overseas: What Are Japan’s Chances?

Countries around the world are planning to construct high-speed rail networks, and the competition to win their orders is heating up. Japan, justifiably proud of its Shinkansen bullet train system, is an energetic competitor, but sparks are now flying as China and European countries have entered the fray. Just when it seemed to be coming Japan’s way, the order for a high-speed rail line in Indones…

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