Taipei to punish operators caught selling masks, disinfectants in claw machines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei's leaders have condemned people trying to sell surgical masks and disinfectants in claw machines and are warning of swift punishment for those caught in the act...

'Toy Story' lives on, but should it have?

NEW YORK (AP) — Like "Casablanca," ''Toy Story 3" concluded with the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It's an ending that has very possibly produced an ocean's worth of tears, no...

Adult toys find their way into claw machines in Taiwan’s Taichung City

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The contents of what are inside claw machines have been evolving to cater to players’ changing interests, but now adult toys have found their way into claw machines ...

New Taipei man wastes son's tuition on claw machine, tries to steal it back

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the scourge of the claw machine addiction continues to ravage Taiwan, a New Taipei man was arrested last week for stealing coins from a claw machine arcade after he blew his...

70% of claw machine stores surveyed in major Taiwanese cities are illegal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee and the Consumers’ Foundation released the results of an investigation which found that 70 percent of claw machin...

Man gets arm stuck inside claw machine in S. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A man found himself in quite a jam as his arm became stuck in a claw machine while trying to retrieve a stuffed Snoopy doll that had failed to fall all the way down the hatch a...

Taiwanese psychiatrist warns of dangers of 'claw machine addiction'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A psychiatrist in southern Taiwan says that many Taiwanese have begun to become addicted to the promise of "cute dolls" inside claw machines, disrupting both their pr...

Commission calls for removing Chiang Kai-shek from Taiwan's currency

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As of its biannual report, the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC) yesterday (Dec. 17) called for the removal of images of Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) from Taiwan's currency be...

Taiwan's Central Bank to issue more NT$10 coins to cope with claw crane craze

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's Central Bank yesterday announced that it has increased its 2019 budget to issue more NT$10 (US$0.32) coins to cope with the massive claw machine craze that has gri...

New Taipei man in hot water for selling live crabs in claw machine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A man is facing charges after being caught selling live crabs and crayfish in a claw machine in New Taipei City, reported UDN. A 45-year-old man surnamed Feng (馮) is facing...

Taiwan's claw game outlets top 7,000: MOF

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - As more major retailers are closing stores, reportedly due to an inability to afford rising rents, the number of claw machine parlors has skyrocketed to a historic high of 7,743...

Taiwan counts almost as many claw machine arcades as convenience stores

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – According to statistics by the Ministry of Finance, Taiwan now has around 6,678 claw machine outlets across the country, with a density almost as high as convenience store...

Five unusual claw game prizes in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Claw machine stores have begun sprouting up in Taiwan from last year, sending a disquieting signal to local economists, as most of the stores come at the expense of retailers an...

Toddler plucked from claw machine in western Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A three-year-old boy had to be rescued by firefighters from an arcade claw machine in Taichung after he had somehow wandered into the contraption while his mother had been dist...

Man caught burgling Taiwan claw machines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A man surnamed Hu (胡) was apprehended around 1:30 a.m. this morning in Pingzhen City, Taoyuan after breaking into claw machines and stealing the electronic prizes inside. ...