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Taiwan: Membership in South Pacific Fisheries Organization

(Sept. 26, 2012) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) announced on September 23, 2012, that Taiwan has officially joined the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) as a fishing entity under the name “Chinese Taipei.” In conformity with requirements for membership with the inter-governmental body, Taiwan’s representatives […]

Taiwan: Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage

(Aug. 13, 2012) Taiwan’s Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), a Cabinet-level agency in charge of labor matters at the national level, announced on August 9, 2012, that Taiwan’s minimum hourly wage will be increased in two phases, from NT$103 (about US$3.44) to NT$109 (about US$3.64) on January 1, 2013, and then to at least NT$115 […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Acts on Nuclear Damage

(May 7, 2012) On April 19, 2012, the Education and Culture Committee of Taiwan's legislature gave initial approval to amendments to the Nuclear Damage Compensation Act and the Nuclear Accident Emergency Response Act, which, if adopted, would increase the statute of limitations under which victims of a nuclear disaster may seek compensation and widen the […]

Taiwan: Proposed Changes to Data Protection Act

(Apr. 30, 2012) On April 11, 2012, Taiwan's Ministry of Justice sent to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) a proposed amendment to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Although the law was adopted in May 2010, it has not yet come into force. (Amendments to Long-Delayed Data Protection Law Proposed, Winkler Partners website (Apr. 17, 2012).) […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Approves Capital Gains Tax Proposal

(Apr. 30, 2012) On April 26, 2012, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan approved a previously effective capital gains tax, to be reinstated as of 2013, as part of a set of proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act. The matter will next be considered by the legislature. (Meg Chang, […]

Taiwan: Efforts to Expedite Patent Processing

(Apr. 5, 2012) Beginning on March 1, 2012, Taiwan launched a six-month trial program, the “Taiwan-Supporting Using the PPH [Patent Prosecution Highway] Agreement” (TW-SUPA). The purpose of the program is to accelerate the completion of first patent examination reports in Taiwan within six months and to encourage patent applicants to use the result to apply […]

Taiwan: More Mainland Chinese Investment to Be Permitted

(Mar. 22, 2012) On March 19, 2012, Taiwan's Minister of Economic Affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, announced the government's intention to allow mainland Chinese investors to participate in 161 kinds of businesses. This plan, outlined by Shih at a legislative committee hearing, would be the third round of opening up of Taiwan's market to investment from the […]

Taiwan: Call for Amendment of Domestic Laws to Conform with Human Rights Covenants

(Mar. 15, 2012) On March 9, 2012, it was reported that Taiwan legal experts and activists have called for government fast-tracking of amendments to Taiwan's laws to bring them into conformity with the United Nations' International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Taiwan's legislature ratified the […]

Taiwan: Cabinet Submits 53 Priority Draft Proposals to the Legislature

(Feb. 27, 2012) The Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China on Taiwan had 53 priority draft items of legislation to submit to the country's legislature for review, in advance of the new legislative session that opened on February 24, 2012. (Grace Kuo, ROC Cabinet Gears Up for New Legislative Session, TAIWAN TODAY (Feb. […]

Taiwan: Law on Research Using Human Subjects

(Jan. 23, 2012) On December 9, 2011, Taiwan's legislature adopted a new law on the use of human subjects in research projects. Previously, research involving humans was governed by the non-binding Ethical Guidelines for Human Research, formulated by the Department of Health in 2007. (Taiwan Legislature Greenlights New Human Subject Research Law, TAIWAN TODAY (Dec. […]