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Japan Trade Deficit Hits Record as Yen Inflates Imports: Economy

Japan Trade Deficit Hits Record as Yen Inflates Imports: Economy | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Japan’s trade deficit swelled to a record 1.63 trillion yen ($17.4 billion) on energy imports and a weaker yen, highlighting one cost of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies that are driving down the currency.
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Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and husband Clay Pell to divorce 

Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and husband Clay Pell to divorce  | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to divorce
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7-Eleven customer wins NT$10 million after spending NT$8 in #Taiwan

7-Eleven customer wins NT$10 million after spending NT$8 in #Taiwan | EconMatters | Scoop.it
the uniform invoice lottery system was created by the Ministry of Finance to encourage consumers to keep their receipts in an effort to prevent tax evasion by retailers. 
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‘Taiwan’ passport stickers pass Japan immigration | Taiwan News

‘Taiwan’ passport stickers pass Japan immigration | Taiwan News | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Chinese media noticed visitors with the stickers passing through airport immigration.Chinese media reported that Taiwanese visitors to Japan were allowed to pass through immigration at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport with “Taiwan” (台灣國) stickers affixed to their passports.
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Taiwan TSMC beats Intel to become world’s largest chip maker by market cap 

Taiwan TSMC beats Intel to become world’s largest chip maker by market cap  | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Wealth Magazine Chairman Xie Jinhe said Intel’s acquisition deal failed to drive share price.Taiwan's Wealth Magazine Chairman Xie Jinhe said on Facebook Sunday that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. topped the world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. in terms of market capitalization last week.
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Taiwan ranked the world's friendliest country by InterNations

Taiwan ranked the world's friendliest country by InterNations | EconMatters | Scoop.it
InterNations, one of the world’s largest expat networks, surveyed more than 14,000 respondents from 67 countries and found that Taiwan is the friendliest country in the world.
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Brent Crude Slips Below $50 for First Time Since November

Brent Crude Slips Below $50 for First Time Since November | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Brent crude fell below $50 a barrel for the first time this year as surging U.S. stockpiles dim optimism that OPEC and its partners will curb output enough to rebalance the market.
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Analysis | If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for you

Analysis | If you’re a poor person in America, Trump’s budget is not for you | EconMatters | Scoop.it
The White House budget is expected to fall hard on the rural and small town communities that Trump won.
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Fed raises rates, sees two more hikes this year

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For the first time this year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a widely expected move following strengthening economic reports and signals from Fed officials. After its two-day policy meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the range of the federal funds rate to 0.75% and
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China has 5,000 spies in Taiwan: official | Taiwan News

China has 5,000 spies in Taiwan: official | Taiwan News | EconMatters | Scoop.it
National security official says at least 5,000 Chinese spies have infiltrated Taiwanese military and government.A national security official says that there are at least 5,000 spies from China operating in both the military and government of Taiwan.
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Mandarin Oriental, Taipei and the Spa achieve top ratings in the 2017 Forbes Five Star awards 

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei and the Spa achieve top ratings in the 2017 Forbes Five Star awards  | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Mandarin Oriental, Taipei and the Spa achieve top ratings in the 2017 Forbes Five Star awards
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Okinawans may have originated from Taiwan 

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Early settlers in Okinawa might have originated from Taiwan based on anthropological evidence.A Japanese anthropologist hypothesizes early settlers in Okinawa might have arrived in bamboo rafts from Taiwan
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Patriot missiles stationed on Taiwan east coast in a response to China’s changing military strategy

Patriot missiles stationed on Taiwan east coast in a response to China’s changing military strategy | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Patriot missiles have been stationed on Taiwan’s east coast in a response to China’s changing military strategy
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Barry Jenkins: 'Moonlight' has drawn inspiration from Taiwanese movie 'Three Times' 

Barry Jenkins: 'Moonlight' has drawn inspiration from Taiwanese movie 'Three Times'  | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Jenkins said, “There is an homage to Three Times, the first story in the pool hall".Barry Jenkins said in an interview with a film magazine last year that he drew inspiration from Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s movie Three Times (最好的時光) while planning and making Moonlight.
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Container shopping mall pops up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 

Container shopping mall pops up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan  | EconMatters | Scoop.it
KUBIC is having its grand opening on March 31.Colorful shipping containers becoming one of the most popular Instagram geotagged locations
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Americans Are Obsessed With Eating Healthy—and With Twinkies

Americans Are Obsessed With Eating Healthy—and With Twinkies | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Healthy eating has become an obsession. Soft-drink sales are slumping, salt is getting tossed from food, and kale is on the menu at McDonald’s.
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Taiwan happiest country in East Asia: World Happiness Report 

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Taiwan ranked as the third happiest country in Asia.Norway jumped three spots to the world's happiest country for the first time, while Taiwan took the top spot in East Asia.
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French priest to receive Taiwan citizenship | Taiwan News

French priest to receive Taiwan citizenship | Taiwan News | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Father Yves Moal has spent 50 years in Taiwan.Father Yves Moal visited a police station in Hualien County Wednesday in the latest step to apply for Taiwanese citizenship, which he will be allowed to combine with a French passport after 50 years on the island.
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Shots Fired in London and People Mowed Down in Terror Attack

Shots Fired in London and People Mowed Down in Terror Attack | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Multiple shots were fired near the U.K. Parliament on Wednesday in London during an incident that also saw people hit by a car on Westminster Bridge.
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Tillerson Doesn't Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea

Tillerson Doesn't Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is considering “all options” to counter North Korea’s nuclear threat while criticizing China over moves to block a missile-defense system on the peninsula.
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Taiwan ranks 19th globally for Internet connection speed: Akamai

Taiwan ranks 19th globally for Internet connection speed: Akamai | EconMatters | Scoop.it
Taiwan's Internet connection speed ranks 19th globally with average speeds reaching 15.6 mbps, says Akamai Technology.Taiwan's Interent connection rates 15.6 mbps ranks 19 globally in fourth quarter of 2016, says leading content delivery network company Akamai Technology.
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Inflation highest in more than four years, PCE shows

Inflation highest in more than four years, PCE shows | EconMatters | Scoop.it
The higher cost of goods such as gasoline pushed U.S. inflation in January to the highest level since 2012, offsetting rising household incomes and raising the odds of an increase in interest rates soon.
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AG Jeff Sessions holding 4pm news conference amid Russian ambassador contacts

AG Jeff Sessions holding 4pm news conference amid Russian ambassador contacts | EconMatters | Scoop.it
WITN.com will stream live a 4:00 p.m. news conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Exxon Mobil turns to U.S. shale basins for growth

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Exxon Mobil outlined an ambitious plan to turn to prolific U.S. shale basins for growth, showcasing how the oil giant now sees American production as a key to its future.
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Taiwan mobile networks 11th fastest in the world Ahead of the U.S.

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Taiwan's 3G and 4G mobile networks have an overall speed of 20.49Mbps, ranking it 11th globally: OpenSignal.Taiwan's 3G and 4G mobile network overall speed broke the 20 Mbps threshold for the first time to reach 20.49Mbps, placing it in 11th place globally, according to OpenSignal.
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