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Chiang Kai-shek's secret escape tunnel in Taipei opens to public

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A secret underground tunnel built to evacuate Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek (蒋介石) in the event of an emergency was revealed to the public Thursday (March 25) for the first...

AP PHOTOS: Then-and-now images show New Year's Eve contrast

There were countdowns and live performances, but New Year's Eve celebrations across the globe looked radically different this year as large crowds stayed away from traditional party spots like New Yor...

Hiroshima survivor to mark 75th anniversary of atomic bomb attack

Keiko Ogura had celebrated her eighth birthday just two days before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. She was standing outside her home just 2.4 kilometers (1.49 miles) from ...

Taiwan's Tainan lit up at night to boost historic city's appeal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The southern city of Tainan has embarked on a lighting environment improvement project that seeks to revitalize the municipality celebrated for its historical heritage. ...

The Tokyo taxi driver: Suit and tie — white gloves optional

TOKYO (AP) — Very few countries deliver better service than Japan: in shops, in restaurants, or in taxis. It’s called “Omotenashi” and translates roughly as hospitality — or offering...

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into...

Japan's rugby team shows off the changing face of the nation

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Like tennis star Naomi Osaka and NBA player Rui Hachimura, Japan's rugby team offers a diverse and slightly different look for an insular but changing country. ...

Taiwan’s Hualien City and Japan’s Takachiho Town become sister cities

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Hualien City Mayor Wei Chia-hsien (魏嘉賢) signed an agreement on Tuesday (Oct. 8) with the mayor of Japan’s Takachiho Town to upgrade the two cities’ relationshi...

Chinese nationalist threatens to burn down Shinto shrine in S. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese nationalist with an extreme dislike of Japan has reportedly declared his intent to burn down a Shinto shrine located in Taiwan’s Pingtung County this month...

Old copper refinery to reopen as tourist attraction in New Taipei

A disused copper refinery in New Taipei City’s Ruifang District is set to become a tourist attraction under a public art project arranged by Taipei City-based Taiwan Power Co. Known locally a...

Tainan department store spotlights success of heritage preservation efforts

TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) -- Hayashi Department Store, located in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of in-store events such as limited edition product...

Detention Center closes, site to transform into park showcasing Japanese-era shrine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Hsinchu Detention Center (新竹收容所) for illegal migrants transferred its last seven occupants on Oct. 24, officially closing the site. The site located in North Dist...

Feast your eyes on indescribable beauty of Taoyuan Daxi’s old district in northern Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Daxi District, Taoyuan City is the only town in Taiwan where you can see a grand traditional Chinese courtyard house, an old street lined with houses with magnificent Baroque-sty...

Japanese Shinto shrine vandalized in Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A historic Japanese Shinto shrine in Taipei has been vandalized and one of its Komainu (lion-dog, 狛犬) statues was stolen on Monday, in an apparent repeat of a recent pattern of...