2019 Ends Well for Taiwan Economy Prior to the recent national elections, Bloomberg reporter Tim Culpan compiled and analyzed economic data that spanned the terms of all of Taiwan’s democratically elected presidents. His January 8 op-ed, titled “A Taiwanese Election That’s Not All About China,” argued that economic considerations, rather than just cross-Strait relations, would…

Despite some negative public attitudes, this business practice has been highly popular with local consumers and would-be entrepreneurs. Few businesses face greater reputational challenges in Taiwan than the multi-level marketing (MLM) industry, also known as network marketing or direct selling. Past unethical practices by a minority of companies have caused the industry to be heavily…

Permanent storage in deep geological repositories is the current international standard for final disposal of nuclear waste, but in practice this solution has so far proven extremely difficult to accomplish.  The U.S. government has de-funded its deep geological repository at Yucca Mountain, and most nations have yet to begin development of similar facilities. Finland is…

Landslide Electoral Win for President Tsai Incumbent presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on January 11 won a landslide victory against her Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) opponent, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, defeating him by almost 20 percentage points. Tsai, who garnered a record-breaking 8.17 million votes (57.13%), in her victory speech…

Government measures to cool the residential property market have been successful, but prices remain high in the most desirable markets, putting homeownership out of reach for many Taiwanese. The Taiwan government has spent years trying to cool a red-hot residential property market. Measured in terms of controlling price growth, the policies have borne fruit. The…