Taiwan opens Hong Kong migration office in rebuke to Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong following China’s passage of a national security law for the former British colony seen as sharply res...

West Bank settlements report rapid growth in 2019

JERUSALEM (AP) — The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank surged by more than 3% in 2019, well above the growth rate of Israel’s overall population, a settler group said Tuesday. It predi...

China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls

BEIJING (AP) — China's population crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. The National Bureau of Statistics said Friday the pop...

It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leave

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave — still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family. ...

Japan gov't minister to take paternity leave, still a rarity

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's popular environment minister said Wednesday that he will take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in...

Taiwan KMT candidate to trumpet '666' childbirth subsidy program

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Saturday (Nov. 16), news broke that KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) will soon announce a program to stimulate the birthrate using the sinister-sounding numb...

Family Mart Taiwan opens second smart convenience store

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After 7-Eleven Japan Co. announced Monday (Oct. 21) that it had decided to shorten operating hours at some of its locations due to Japan's labor crunch, store operator...

New Taipei launches new pet-friendly buses amid growing number of ‘fur babies’

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In addition to the three existing pet-friendly bus lines — No. 604, 225, and 669 — the New Taipei City Department of Transportation on Thursday (Oct. 10) opene...

Asics employee's lawsuit highlights paternity leave in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — He sits in an office of a major Japanese sportswear maker but reports to no one. He is assigned odd tasks like translating into English the manual on company rules like policies on vacati...

Taiwan's education ministry to receive childcare subsidy applications in August

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) Applications for monthly childcare subsidies of NT$2,500 (US$80) will be accepted from Aug. 1, Taiwan's Ministry of Education (MOE) announced Monday, as part of government ef...

As rainbow flags flying all over Taiwan, only heterosexuality is ‘normal' in China

BEIJING (DW)-- Rainbow flags are flying all over Taiwan, as the first Asian territory to legalize same-sex marriage. Homosexual and heterosexual unions are now on an equal legal footing when it comes ...

Taiwan ex-Premier’s speech in Japan to receive extra attention

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Premier William Lai (賴清德) might be addressing hundreds when he speaks in Tokyo Sunday (May 12) about the common challenges facing Taiwan and Japan. The Democrati...

Hungary stems migrant flow, but issue remains big in EU vote

ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hundreds of migrants a day streamed through the Hungarian village of Asotthalom on their way to Western Europe in 2015. Today there are almost none. So one might think the p...

Japan child population falls for 38th year, hits postwar low

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government says the country's child population has declined for the 38th year in a row and now at a record low. The Statistics Bureau says the number of children...

Japan's new visa regulation opens door to foreign labor

New Japanese visa regulations went into effect on April 1, allowing more migrant workers to enter Japan and take up some of the tens of thousands blue-collar jobs that are currently unfilled. While t...