Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, an avid cyclist, completing the Lighthouse to Lighthouse 525km bike ride in 2015

Gym membership is growing rapidly in Taiwan, but still lags behind other Asian markets. As health and fitness take on higher priorities for many in Taiwan, growing numbers of people are exercising regularly. High-end fitness centers and extreme endurance events are expanding throughout the island, and the market for expensive personal trainers is booming. Yet…

Innovative approaches to learning are creating new business opportunities. When they were first introduced, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), instructional materials offered by universities over the Internet for free or for a [usually] low price, were simply low-tech and unidirectional videos of professors giving lectures. Today, with the help of MOOC startups such as U.S….

This is Part 5 of the Special Report on Public Safety: Links to Part 1, Part2, Part 3,Part 4, Part 5 Taiwan society has changed, and the gangsters have either disappeared or become more sophisticated, depending on who you ask. Over the decades, media reports in Taiwan have depicted highly efficient and ruthless underworld organizations with exotic…

Coral bleaching caused by warmer, more acidic waters threatens Kiribati’s ecology and economy. (Photo: Embassy of Kiribati)

Taiwan’s diplomatic allies include particularly impoverished and fragile nations that are expected to experience the impact of climate change more severely than developed countries. On the list of the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change from 1994 to 2013 – dubbed the Climate Change Risk (CRI) index by environmental think tank GermanWatch –…