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Faced with lackluster growth, stagnant salaries, and complaints from young people that it’s hard to find a job, Taiwan is seeking to follow the example of rival Asian tiger Korea by undergoing industrial upgrading. To this end, President Tsai Ing-wen and her administration have announced plans to develop five major innovative industries: smart machinery, green…

One of the new government's biggest headaches has been labor-group dissatisfaction over proposed work-week and holiday policies. Photo: CNA

Senior government officials have cited Taiwan’s recent labor unrest as their biggest short-term economic problem, saying that continuing controversy could undermine investor confidence. Recent ruckuses in the Legislative Yuan suggest that an immediate solution is not in sight. In late October, Kuomintang (KMT) lawmakers sided with labor groups, waving placards and occupying the Speaker’s podium…

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….