Hiroshima survivor recalls working on tram after A-bomb

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Tetsuko Shakuda was a frightened 14-year-old when she resumed her work as a conductor on a tram line in the devastated city of Hiroshima, just three days after the atomic bomb ...

Taipei City councilor busts 53 chopsticks with buttocks after losing bet on Han recall

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After losing a bet on the voter turnout for the recall of former Kuomintang (KMT) Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Taipei City councilor Chiu Wei-chieh (邱威傑) on Tuesday (...

Tokyo Olympics closing 5 souvenir shops; downsizing another

TOKYO (AP) — Five official Olympic merchandise shops in Tokyo will close by early June with business hindered by the coronavirus pandemic and the games being postponed until next year, organizers said...

Long wait for Tokyo 2020 Olympic souvenir market to pick up

TOKYO (AP) — These are lonely times for thousands of souvenirs in dozens of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stores, which are drawing few customers with the postponed games more than a year away and facing an uncl...

Restaurants in Taiwan could soon see relaxation of coronavirus restrictions

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan recorded 25 consecutive days without domestic coronavirus transmissions Thursday (May 7), officials said that restrictions imposed on restaurants to reduce the r...

Taipei ban on disposable tableware at supermarkets to kick in May 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei supermarkets will be banned from providing single-use tableware to customers starting May 1 in an effort to reduce waste, the Department of Environmental Protection...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2020. There are 332 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1943...

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a ne...

Splendid shadow art exhibited in S. Taiwan

TAINAN (Taiwan News) — Chimei Museum has launched an exhibition titled “Beyond The Shadows” that features international artists’ installations and graphic artworks and will run...

'Armless Archer' Stutzman and his disarming sense of humor

TOKYO (AP) — Matt Stutzman has no arms. He was born that way. But he has — pardon the pun — a disarming sense of humor. The American is known as the “Armless Archer,” a silver medali...

Ban on disposable tableware at restaurants, food courts to start Jan. 1

A ban on the use of disposable tableware at restaurants and food courts in shopping malls will take effect in 10 municipalities in Taiwan next year, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) s...

Taiwan expands restrictions on single-use cutlery

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan will impose tougher restrictions on the use of single-use cutlery at department stores, shopping malls, and retailers, announced the Environmental Protection Admini...

Malaysia destroys 4 tons of ivory tusks, products

SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has destroyed nearly four tons of elephant tusks and ivory products estimated to be worth 13.26 million ringgit ($3.2 million) as part of its fight against the illeg...

Taiwan destroys 35,000 pairs of chopsticks from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan destroyed 35,000 pairs of chopsticks imported from China because they contained the potentially cancer-causing agent formaldehyde, while excessive pesticides were found i...

Chinese model in derided Dolce & Gabbana ad apologizes

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese model in advertisements for Italian fashion line Dolce & Gabbana that were widely derided in the country has apologized for her appearance in the campaign. ...