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★ <The New York Times>, 2-27-2018
"Are Taiwan's architectures ready for soil liquefaction ??" / 賴明煌
Those congested area in Taiwan's western corridor along the coast, such as 彰雲嘉南, about 20~30% of them are on high-potential liquefaction area...... and Taipei ―― located at high ground water level aggrading lake basin ...
According to gov. rpt., Taiwan's vacancy rate (house) is 10.22%, the rate is too high since 2008, the normal rate of a country should be about 5%. The ratio of House Price to Income (Taipei) is 5.8 in 2002, 15 in 2016, which means if your annual income NT 1.6 million (about USD 55000), and don't eat anything for consecutive 15 years, thus you can afford a new house (30 Ping, USD27000 per Ping, 1 Ping = 3.3057 sqr feet) .
★ Forbes , 3-5-2017, "3 Things Chinese Tourists Are Surprised To Find When They Travel Abroad To Taiwan" : "It's not very modern !", " the wealth wasn’t invested in architecture. So the cities are full of decayed apartment blocks.... the housing isn’t as good.”.
★《UDN》,《Apple Daily》Taiwan, 2-8-2018 The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings? (ps: may face death in 6 magnitude quake) (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論／斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓？ 2-8-2018, https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018, https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客 2-9-2018)
★《Apple Daily》Taiwan, 4-18-2017 headline news
It's the hardest ever time in Taiwan's history for citizens to buy a house ― 40% of their monthly salary is used for loan/mortgage.
Nobel laureate professor Robert Shiller stated Taiwanese's 3 annoying things (1) high housing price (2) disparity between the rich and the poor (3) tech replaces human labor .
★《Apple Daily》Taiwan, 7-9-2017 editorial <建築的文化殖民地>
Taiwan's architectures are nothing but cultural colony...
★《China Times》,《United Daily》of Taiwan, 7-7-2017
Latest study shows rich Taiwanese ( with property more than USD30 million ) invested 39% of their money on real estate ― owned 4 houses in average, which is ranked world no.2.
★《The Liberty Times》Taiwan, 2-24-2017
Keep eating nothing and drinking nothing for 33+ years to buy a new house in Taipei ! Taipei's Ratio of House Price to Income is 33.3, New Taipei city is 20.25.
★《IMF - International Monetary Fund》, Global Housing watch 9-12-2017
Real house prices increased over the past year / 2017:Q1, annual % change : Taiwan ranks No.42 http://www.imf.org/external/research/housing/images/housepricesaroundtheworld_lg.jpg
17 million Taiwanese people ( totally 23 million population) live in "potential danger" (潛在危險) houses, according to <遠見>study, Taiwanese people gave a "failure" score (53.5) on "living safety".
★ Amnesty International (The London-based organization), 2-25-2015
The organization concerns Taiwan’s inhabitation (housing and land) rights issues, in addition to several other issues, e.g., prison conditions, the freedom of peaceful assembly, continued use of capital punishment, and gender discrimination.
★ <Lloyd's >, 9-17-2015
Lloyd's City Risk Index 2015-2025 analyses the potential impact on the economic output (GDP risk) of 301 of the world's major cities, Taipei was ranked world No.1 - within the next 10 years, Taipei is estimated to loss 45% of GDP, about USD18120 billion, 44.78% of them is for typhoons, 16.38% earthquakes, 15.77% (global) financial markets are volatile .
★《Liberty Times》Taiwan, 12-19-2015
Misery! Nearly 90% Taipei's families can't afford Taipei's house price, according to Taiwanese government's latest research "Buying house opportunity index".
90% of Taiwanese landlords refuse to rent their house to the elder living alone.
★《Liberty Times》Taiwan, 8-4-2015
Keep eating and drinking nothing for 16+ years to buy a house in Taipei !
5 major cities' (Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiiung ) the Ratio of House Price to Income and house load affordability rate (房貸負擔率) all reach new high since Taiwan's first-time survey being conducted in 2002. Besides, Taiwanese payroll (compensation level薪資) retreated, so it's even harder (higher misery index) for citizens to buy a house.
Ratio of House Price to Income
(times) and house load affordability
of major cities in Qtr.1, 2015 : Taipei 16.16, 68.63, New Taipei City 12.78,
55.27, Taoyuan 7.17, 30.44, TaiChung 8.53,36.22 ,TaiNan 6.69, 28.42, Kaohsiung 7.88,
33.46, all these are higher than the number published in 5-12-2015.
|Asian City||the Ratio of House Price to Income|
|New Taipei City (Taiwan)||13.02|
|source: annual Demographia International Housing Affordability|
ps: The Misery Index is bit slow down - still take 15 years without eating and drinking to buy a house in Taipei / Liberty Times 9-6-2016
★《Liberty Times》Taiwan, 5.12.2015 ps: Taipei's "the Ratio of House Price to Income" of Q4, 2014, 15.73, is higher than world No.1 Hong Kong's ratio 14.9 in 2014！
◎ Keep eating and drinking nothing for 16 years to buy a house in Taipei !
Taipei's the Ratio of House Price to Income 15.73 reach top since Taiwan's first-time survey being conducted in 2002
Ratio of other cities in 4th Qtr., 2014 : New Taipei City 12.78, Taoyuan 7.11, TaiChung 8.35, TaiNan 6.54, Kaohsiung 7.72.
|Asian City||the Ratio of House Price to Income|
|New Taipei City (Taiwan)||12.78|
|source: annual Demographia International Housing Affordability|
★ The China Times, 9-21-2015
Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. published rankings of OECD (2015), Taiwan's environmental quality was ranked No.35 within 37 countries, Taiwan's air pollution index, particulate matter - PM10 being up to 41 ug/m3, already was ranked No. 36 for consecutively 2 years. Besides, a drinking water survey conducted by Taiwan's government last year found 57.2％ of Taiwanese complained their water smelling stinky, or/and like liquid-medicine, 54.1％ complained water containing precipitate, impurity and something else, 29.1％ complained bad taste, 22.3% complained their water with color or turbidity, 5.6％ don't even trust water quality.
★ The China Times, 10-12-2015
Taipei's High house price led to extremely low (超低) fertility rate in Taiwan.
★ The China Times, CTS, SETN, etc , 4-16-2014
According to annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey (USA), Hong Kong (14.9) tops the Ratio of House Price to Income in the world, the 2nd highest metro city is City of Vancouver, Canada (10.3), the 3rd is S.F., USA (9.2), 4th is Sydney, Australia (9.0) .
Taiwanese government just reported at April 15, 2014 that Taipei's Ratio of House Price to Income is 15.01, New Taipei city is 12.67, Taiwan's scholar (莊孟翰, Tam-kang university ) pointed out both cities should rank world No. 1 and No.3 if Demographia's survey included Taiwan. The meaning of the ratio number is how many years in average a resident of certain metro-city takes to have a house, so, a citizen of Taipei City needs to take 15.01 years without spending a penny on eating and drinking, anything, during that period to own a house. The ratio of Taipei city is 6 times larger than that of Seoul Korea.
The ratio number of other Taiwan's major cities are: Pon-Ho 8.65, Tai-chung city 8.14, Hsin-Chu 7.62, Kaohsiung city 7.34, Hsin-Chu City 7.30, Hua-Lien 7.16, Kee-Lung 4.84, Pin-Tong 4.51.
World's best places to retire in 2015, see http://internationalliving.com/2015/01/the-best-places-to-retire-2015/ , which includes Asian countries like Malaysia, New Zealand, Thai, Phil, Vietnam, but Taiwan is not included in there.
★ ECA international
According to 2009 ECA int'l "the Best Place to Reside", Taipei ranks No.57, Asia top 3 are Singapore 、HK、Tokyo( both world No.15)。 2010 rank : Taipei No.55、 Singapore is still global No. 1.
Taiwan is not be included in top 30 countries in <Travel and tourism competitiveness report> from 2011 till 2015, In 2015's report, Japan No.9, Singapore 11th, HK 13th, China No.17 ; 2011 ranking - No.10 Singapore, no.12 HK, no. 13 Australia, no. 19 New Zealand, no.22 Japan, no.32 Korea, no.35 Malaysia.
★ Taiwan's National Chung Cheng university survey, 1.27.2014
Is Taiwan or Taipei a
living safety place? Low personal risk is the most important factor of criteria
The EIU's Liveability Ranking
( the Economist
Intelligence Unit global “liveability” study),
Monocle's Most Liveable
Cities, Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
Taiwan's National Chung
Cheng university survey (1.27.2014), nearly
70% Taiwanese people are not satisfy
security/public order (criminal rate,"治安狀況"),
50.4% Taiwanese worry becoming next victim
in criminal/security cases("遭侵害"), which reach a
new high within recent 5 years (<Apple
Do you accept these legal judgments ? ― someone being least welcome & being evicted/expelled kept staying in your house, and infuriated a 90 years old grandma suffering with Cardiac failure (weak heart), Coronary artery heart disease, Hypertension etc (more likely leading to a death in Fall or Winter) , but you failed to ask/evict and pull/push (not strong enough because of having serious disease ) the 'home invader / unlawful detainer ' out, then this suspected invader continued to insult by strident voice & violent words like "You're incapable", and stayed 30-50 minutes after receiving formal expel-notice to leave, eventually police with guns came ....
Taiwan's prosecutors of Taipei District Court judged the 'home invader' was not intend to stay because the 'invader' left the house after armed police's communication & persuasion, so the prosecutor decided not to indict the 'invader'. Instead, this prosecutor decided to indict the house owner for Offenses of Causing Bodily Harm (appear minor injury not proved to be done by house-owner yet).
PS: This web-page will call (according to Taiwan's criminal law - Article 306, "Crime of Home Invasion") the house-guest unwanted & failed to be expelled as "home invader" (means "home invader suspect" or "unlawful detainer suspect") for the offence of illegal infringement of citizens.
Taiwan's judicial system evaluated by famous institutions local & int'l
National Chung Cheng university's survey found: nearly 80% Taiwanese
people don't believe
the impartiality of
(the China Times, Liberty Times, United Daily, 1.28.2014,Apple Daily, 1.27.2014)
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
Feb. 27, 2014
●USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,
April 19, 2013
● <Transparency International>, Germany, July 9, 2013
The finding of the 2013 Global
Corruption Barometer (GCB), ( the
Gallup Poll to interview 114,000 people
in 107 countries all over the world):
The article under the theme of （Corruption in Taiwan--Confirming the worst suspicions） reported :Three high-court judges and a prosecutor had been detained amid allegations that they took bribes to fix the outcome of a high-profile case, has brought public outrage to boiling point.
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD )> survey,
Dec. 10, 2013
<Liberty Times>, <TTV>, etc, 1.28.2014
More judiciary ranking
records are on the top on the net, click ...
◎ No.1 rankings "human rights in Taiwan" on Yahoo, google, etc please click ...
Closer look at these 2 legal cases:
House owner's comments
no need to (has not) summon the eye-witness
judgment should unbiased hear all the evidence given by both sides.
But, the prosecutor did not summon house-owner and 2 eye-witness persons to the court-room, and did not see DVD ( as eye-witness evidence) which recording home invader's bad behavior and intension not to leave, and then jumped to a conclusion ― prosecution of the house owner (90 years old person's son trying to save his mother).
|2||Ignore serious criminal cases||
Taiwan's prosecutors ignore so
many rape cases in Taiwan, but to indict a little self-defense
case. Taiwan does not have enough prosecutors and judges to access
many cases, so important & serious cases should be accessed first
(rape crime hurts Oriental women badly, worse than tiny injury - if any).
USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices (2013) criticized Taiwan's prosecution rate of rape cases is too low ― "as of September there were 10,951 reports filed for rape or sexual assault. As of September, courts indicted 1,814 persons and convicted 1,685 persons...". USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices (2014) is about the same.
There're also many serious domestic (marriage) violence ― abusive behavior that one partner to maintain power and control over another intimate partner, Taiwan's prosecution rate of those serious cases is very very low.
|3||The home invader left the house after policemen's communication/persuasion, so prosecutor concludes this proves the invader was not intend to stay in other's residence||If the home invader was not intend to stay for a long time, why did the house owner call the police to come ? Policemen with gun came, certainly the home invader scared and left the house very soon.|
|4||The home invader said that arguing with and making things clear to the house-owner is why the home invader stayed so long regardless of expel-notices. But the prosecutor think it's a very reasonable reason for the invader to keep staying another's house.||
(1) The home invader is dangerous ― endangering a
90 years-old person's health&life by violent words, so this invader should
(2) The home invader admitted having driven a 90 years old grandma very mad so as to strike the table .
(3) The home invader didn't explain anything, but make noise and violent words (see DVD).
(4) The home invader should leave the house very soon after the house owner asked invader out, according to scholar book, High Courts judgment precedents and the criminal law - Article 306: Anyone stays in other's residence regardless of house-owner's expel-request, will be charged sentence below 1 year ... .
|5.||The house owner held a chair against (椅子頂) the home invader's chest.||
the home invader changed this phrase (no longer say "held a chair..."
since investigation court, and no longer say it in the statement
document forward to the legal court) but the prosecutor
sill believed house owner did battery to the invader by a chair by her so called "free
evaluation of evidence through inner conviction". 2
eye-witness persons already expressed the house owner did not did any
battery to the house invader by chair or stool or fist. (see DVD)
(2) Taiwan's police was even more absurd ― changed the house-owner's statement in the police-station initial-questioning report and made a phony story (that even the home invader has not said) ― the house owner "flung (by a chair) the home invader to the ground".
|6||Taiwan's prosecutor thinks this case happened for a trivial (little "細故") matter.||
The home invader suspect should at least
committed the following criminal offenses (The home
admitted some bad behaviors, video camera's DVD recorded home invader's
some bad behavior
and violent words.):
(1) the Crime of Unlawful staying in the Dwelling House of Another Person ― the 2nd part of article 306, the Crime of Illegal Intrusion into Other Persons Residence, Taiwan Criminal Law.
(2) Offenses Against Reputation. (by home invader's lots of humiliating words like "Your son is no good!, You're incapable ... !")
(3) Offenses Against Abandonment.
(4) Crime of insulting another.
(6) Domestic violence.
Are criminal behaviors that be against Criminal Law - Article 306
etc, Civil Law, Article 18, 19, 184, 195 a "trivial matter"??
|7||The home invader stayed more than 30-50 minutes||
(1)The home invader admitted <a>understanding house-owner's expel-notice,
but just choose to stay with no reason. <b> Eating, drinking, sleeping are
some reasons to stay there.
(2)According to scholar book, High Courts judgment precedents, the home invader should picks all belongings and leaves the house immediately . At that day, the home invader only has 2 small bags, and in hand already (see DVD), so the invader should leave the house very soon .
|8||The criminal fact is " beating" on home invader.||
(1) It's not "beating" or attack,
defense (legitimate justifiable self-defense by bit pull & push) to save house owner's 90
years-old, suffering heart-failure mother who was attacked by home
The house owner failed to get rid of the home invader by mild action during invader's instant attacks (violent words...), because of house-owner's weak health status (having a serious tumor).
(2)According to famous dictionaries e.g., Collins , the term "battery" has meanings: "with the intention of bringing a harmful or offensive contact", "a hostile or offensive manner", obviously, the house owner only intends to save his mother.
|9||the prosecutor chose with no reason one phrase from some of the home invader's testimony-phrases contradicted to each other.||
The home invader's testimony (prime accuse) contradicted that of the
phrases by the home invader.
● Firstly : the invader said the house owner held a chair against the home invader and punch by fist .
● After one month, the invader's changed the phrase earlier, and said the house owner waved / swing a small stool to hit the home invader.
● In the court-room session, the phrase was changed again - the invader said "the house owner beat and push the home invader".
Eventually, the prosecutor chose the phrase she prefers or/and believe with no logical reason in her prosecution document - "held a chair against the home invader and punch this suspect by fist ".
|10||Medical checkup||(1) The home invader put off the emergency
examination for 21 hours long ― it's
suspicious. The interval time is long enough for anyone to
make minor injury for lots more money than she can earn in
restaurant's kitchen-work. (ref. US movie "the Surrogates")
(2) Report shows Just some small or minor injury : 3 bruises,1 swelling, and with no evidence that who did these (the home invader is a heavy-work poor laborer in restaurant kitchen, those injury may happen anytime and easily).
|11||Same prosecutor accesses 2 cases sort of contradicted to each other.||"the Crime of Unlawful staying in the Dwelling House of Another Person" leads to "self-defense" (or Bodily Harm) case. Once the prosecutor indicts the latter one, means she probably won't accept "Unlawful staying in another person's house". The prosecutor should transfer another case to some other prosecutor, or the prosecutors office should not assign 2 cases to same prosecutor. (According to news report, there're some other cases are same ― same judge judged same case through 3-layer court sessions, he probably won't deny the correctness of his previous judgment )|
|12||to be continued...|
PS1: CNN, 1.25.2014
Truck Rammed into Presidential Office of Taiwan's Regime in Exile http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1078129
Around 5 am today in Taiwan, a 41-year-old truck driver rammed his 35 tons heavy gravel truck into the front door of the so-called Presidential Hall of a regime in exile called Republic of China, where the head of the pseudo government works only 20 meters away from the collision site. The driver is now hospitalized and alive, though in critical conditions....The shocking news inspired supporters of Taiwan’s pro-independent movement to have conversations on facebook to start a revolution attempting to solve all problems of widespread injustice and corruption accompanied by worsening economy due to the one-china policies of the current regime’s rule. One of them said, "This is the first canon ball of our revolution to establish a country in our name, Taiwan."
PS2: Taiwan prosecutor's not-indictment document (main part) pls click to read details
|ps: Taiwan High Prosecutors Office cancelled the
Taipei District Public prosecutor's not-to-indict judgment (crime of home invasion - Criminal law,
Article 306) and returned this case to another prosecutor of Taipei district
prosecutors office for further investigation. It's an unbiased judgment.
New prosecutor determined that home-invader suspect did violate Criminal
law, Article 306. (against Article 306 is an unbiased judgment)... to be
But indictment about another case (body-harm or self-defense) already directly forwarded to Taipei District Court without reviews by Taiwan High Prosecutors Office ... ( to be continued)
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