Researchers plan to row from Taiwan to Japan in dug-out canoe to prove migration theory

A team of Japanese researchers will attempt to row a dugout canoe from Taiwan’s east coast to Yonaguni Island, Japan, to try to understand how people migrated from Taiwan to Okinawa more than 30,000 years ago. This year’s attempt comes after previous experiments using boats made from reeds, and bamboo, failed. Japan’s National Museum of Science and nature launched the project in 2016, and attempted to sail a boat made of cattail reeds from Iriomote Island to Yonaguni Island. At

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NT$Millions in gold found in discarded cabinet

A man preparing to dismantle a cabinet to recycle the wood stumbled across gold bars and jewelry worth more than NT$1 million in Taitung County. Mr Deng, a woodworker in Chihshang Township, immediately took the haul of gold to the police station. Police traced the cabinet to its owner, who had thrown out the cabinet during the Lunar New Year spring cleaning. The owner of the cabinet, Mr Zhuang, brought receipts to the police station confirming the gold bars and

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11 illegal migrant workers found hidden in back of truck in Taitung City

Police in Taitung City enforcing a ban on gravel trucks on restricted roads found a group of illegal Vietnamese workers hiding in the back of a truck. Police officers pulled over the truck at around 4:00pm Thursday, January 10, on Heping Road in Beinan Township at a road-stop manned by 10 police officers. Officers reported that the truck driver had a negative attitude, and was uncooperative and evasive when questioned. One of the officers noticed suspicious movement under the black

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Biggest Cannabis Growing Op in Taiwan History Busted in Taitung

Taitung Coastguard investigators and police raided a property in Taitung City December 3, and uncovered a cannabis growing operation containing 794 plants, 7 kilograms of dried marijuana, and prepackaged marijuana cigarettes. Investigators claim the market value of the haul is worth over NT$230 million, and is the biggest ever in Taiwan. Two men, Mr Zhang, 60, and Mr Chen, 68, were arrested and are being detained incommunicado on suspicion of producing and manufacturing a class 2 drug. Investigators said they

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Driver Killed in Horror Smash; Tour Bus Passengers Escape Injury

The driver of an SUV was killed in Taitung City this morning after a gravel truck smashed into his vehicle, pushing it into the back of a tour bus. At around 9:00am, a traffic light on Zhiben Road, Section 2, had just turned from red to green, when the gravel truck hit the SUV from behind, pushing the vehicle for around 40 meters until it came to a stop against the back of a bus carrying a group of international

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Councilor Requests Changes to Accommodate Orchid Island Burial Customs

[Picture: T Di Genova, The Wild East Magazine] A Taitung County Councilor has requested the District Prosecutor allow procedures, required by law to determine the cause of accidental death, be carried out by the local health clinic, and local police on Orchid Island. The change would better accommodate the traditional Yami custom of burying the deceased before sunset on the day of death. Current procedures require that officials of the District Prosecutor’s Office have to travel to the island to

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4 Tremors Shake Taitung City: No Serious Damage or Injuries

A series of 4 shallow quakes offshore of Taitung City this morning caused sirens to sound, sending residents to seek the safety of the outdoors. The largest of the quakes measured 4.6 at the epicenter but was felt as a magnitude 5 in the city. The first, and strongest tremor hit at 9:03am at a depth of 7.4km, 13.1km north-east of the city, and was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 3.9, 3.5, and 3.5, at 9:04am, 9:17am, and 9:19am, respectively.

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Fraudsters use Taiwan-based Priest’s Name to Sell Shoes Online

Fraudsters have been cashing in on the fame and reputation of Taiwan’s “father of reflexology,” Father Josef Eugster, and taking advantage of customers’ soft hearts, by concocting a story that the priest has been defrauded of his pension, and needs to sell shoes online to survive. The scammers urge readers to purchase foot massage shoes in order to recoup the Father Eugster’s losses. United Daily News reports that recently, news that Father Eugster had been defrauded of his pension has

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2 Vietnamese Illegal Immigrants Die Attempting to Land in Taitung

Two Vietnamese nationals died when an inflatable raft overturned while attempting to land on a beach in Taitung County this morning. Another 3 illegal immigrants, and two Taiwanese people-smugglers were arrested after a search of the area. Coast Guard officers from Kaohsiung intercepted a fishing boat carrying 16 Vietnamese at around 2:30am, 12.5 nautical miles off the east coast of Pingtung County. Meanwhile, at around 2:17am, officers of the coast guard’s 10th squadron in Taitung County detected by radar a

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Coast Guard to the Rescue of Orchid Island Test Candidates

The coast guard dispatched a patrol boat to Orchid Island yesterday to pick up two students who feared they would miss out on the College Entrance Examination after ferry services and flights to the island were cancelled due to bad weather. More than 136, 000 test candidates will sit for the exams today, Friday, January 26, and tomorrow, January 27. The tests are taken by students in their last year of high school, and are an important part of the

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Ultralight Plane Breaks up After Emergency Beach Landing in Taitung

Two occupants of an ultralight aircraft declined medical treatment after making a forced landing on a beach near Chenggong Township in Taitung County this afternoon, December 6. The plane broke into several pieces after landing. Taitung County Fire Services Center received the first report of the incident at 15:33 pm. A member of the public reported that an airplane had lost power and made a forced landing on the beach, and that two pilots had disembarked from the wrecked aircraft.

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