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…

Dr. Wang Ying-wei, head of the Health Promotion Administration, giving a presentation

The government’s Health Promotion Administration seeks to reduce the toll from noncommunicable diseases. Communicable diseases such as Zika, dengue fever, and Ebola may grab headlines and inspire fear, but in developed countries such as Taiwan, it is slower-moving but highly destructive noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that are the biggest threat to both lives and the economy….

Political measures dominated the year’s first legislative session. The recently completed session of the Legislative Yuan (LY) attracted particular attention as the first in Taiwan’s history in which a majority of the seats were held by a political party other than the Kuomintang (KMT). Following elections last January, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) now…

Taichung hopes to become a regional hub for international groups. With backing from the central government, the central Taiwan city of Taichung is working on plans to establish a facility to serve as the regional headquarters for international non-government organizations (NGOs) active in Southeast Asia. Announcing the project in July, Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung proposed…

Taipei Dome under construction, aerial view. Source: Wikipedia

Control Yuan censures Taipei Taiwan’s Control Yuan censured the Taipei City government on August 11 for its handling of the controversial Taipei Dome project, a mixed-use arena and shopping mall complex being constructed at the corner of Guangfu North Road and Zhongxiao East Road by the Farglory Group under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreement with Taipei…

iPhone to the Rescue – Again The importance of the iPhone to Taiwan’s economy was demonstrated once again when in July it helped bring the first uptick in the country’s exports following 17 straight months of declines. Taiwan’s exports, a key driver of growth and domestic investment, posted 1.2% growth in July year-on-year, according to…