The numbering system used on foreign nationals’ alien resident certificates (ARCs) changed in January to match that of Taiwanese citizens’ IDs, removing a longstanding hindrance to carrying out everyday activities such as online banking, ticket booking, and registration for medical appointments. Before the change was made, whether an ARC number could be entered successfully online…

AmCham’s Human Resources Committee last year raised an important issue regarding how the Ministry of Labor (MOL) determines whether a given labor agreement constitutes an employment, mandate, or independent contractor relationship. The MOL makes this determination based on a 25-item checklist that includes such criteria as whether the business entity provides certain labor benefits; whether…

Scholar sees Taiwan benefiting from U.S.-China tensions. The U.S. government is showing increased willingness to back Taiwan’s continued security and prosperity, notes Princeton University’s Aaron Friedberg, a professor of politics and international affairs whose specialty is U.S.-Chinese relations. In an interview, he said that Taiwan’s skillful handling of the COVID-19 crisis is winning it new…

An annual report lists Taiwan-related trade issues being followed in Washington. Early each year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) releases a country-by-country Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. The nine-page Taiwan section for 2020 provides a concise statement of the main areas of U.S.-government concern regarding elements of the bilateral trade relationship. Taiwan’s…

As Taiwan society ages, this challenging condition is becoming more prevalent. With the rapid rise in the proportion of elderly people in the Taiwan population, one of the medical conditions that will require increased attention is osteoporosis. A progressive skeletal disease characterized by decreased bone density and weakened bone tissue, osteoporosis frequently leads to falls…

AmCham’s Pharmaceutical Committee has suggestions. Year after year, a key concern of the major pharmaceutical companies operating in Taiwan is the ease with which new drugs and new indications (meaning new applications for existing treatments) can enter the market. Given Taiwan’s single-payer universal healthcare system, much depends on whether the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA)…