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mainland china. amidst such delicate situations, why are more and more people moving to taiwan? this episode follows a family that just migrated. >> hong kong, a region with a population of 7.3 million. at an international exhibition held in the city, one event attracted a lot of attention. taiwanese developers gathered to host one of the largest real estate exhibitions they've ever held in hong kong. the 20 companies sell condos and second homes to hong kong
>> surging real estate prices have become a serious social problem in hong kong recently. add that a real estate agency in hong kong show that even a used apartment measuring 60 square meters is priced at about $860,000 u.s. investment money mainly from china is driving up real estate prices in hong kong. >> the residents of hong kong, real estate prices in taiwan are very appealing. in taiwan, a 76 square meter
apartment is sold at about $150,000. the exhibition is full of people in their 30s and 40s. why would people, in the height of their career, change jobs and uproot themselves from familiar environments? some say it's more than just real estate prices. >> in 2014, hong kong residents clashed with authorities regarding the system to elect their leader. when beijing tried to implement a new election system where it would screen candidates, many hong kong residents opposed.
large-scale demonstrations calling for democratic elections lasted for months. after intense clashes, the demonstrators were disbursed by authorities. it gave a strong impression of beijing's power and control over hong kong. >> it's only a 90 minute flight between hong kong and taiwan. tainan is a town in southern taiwan. real estate is relatively affordable, which attracts the younger generation of hong kong residents. the city has flourished in the center of taiwan for more than 200 years since the 17th century. many historic buildings still
>> lo's family lives in a rented 130 square meter apartment. rent is $600. he says in hong kong rent would be five times as much. every morning after his wife drives their oldest daughter to school, lo has to do the laundry for the family of five. this is a drastic change in lifestyle for him. lo worked for tv stations and web content companies when he
lived in hong kong. but he decided to quit his well-paying job and leave there. he came to taiwan with his wife, three young children, and 14 suitcases. what caused lo to make such a bold decision? >> on this day, lo and his wife went out with their 3-year-old son. they took him to a condo in the corner of a residential area. it's a private kindergarten.
to lessons aimed at building a sense of patriotism towards the chinese government. in 2012, hong kong officials announced that such lessons would become mandatory at schools. many residents opposed this, which forced authorities to retract the requirement. but many schools voluntarily incorporated the national education.
>> lo, who quit his job in hong kong to move to taiwan, is now searching for work that makes use of his media experience. >> today, he visited a local store. >> this glass is designed with the town's logo, made under japanese colonial rule. the store is full of products based on taiwanese history and culture. lo is considering launching a
number of hong kong residents who have moved there has jumped by 60% in the last three years. local real estate agencies are depending on a surge in hong kong residents moving to taiwan. on the other hand, they can't count on investments from mainland china. >> to prevent a surge in real estate prices, taiwanese authorities are regulating investments from mainland china.
>> in december 2015, taiwan's largest opposition party, the democratic progressive party, dpp, held a convention ahead of the presidential election. >> 40 days before the presidential election, according to a local survey, dpp chairperson had been enjoying strong support, surpassing that of the ruling nationalist party. the focal point of the election was relations with mainland china. she has expressed on keeping a
distance from mainland china while maintaining the current situation. meanwhile, the nationalists, led by president ma, have been strengthening relations with mainland china. they are expected to continue strengthening ties with china. how will taiwan build relations with china from now on? the outcome of the election hinged on this question. 12 months after moving to taiwan, lo will obtain voting rights. how does he feel about china's relations with taiwan and hong
>> hong kong and taiwan continue to experience difficulty in the relations with mainland china. those who decided to leave hong kong admits these difficult times continue to watch the future of china with mixed emotions. the lo's family favorite place is a park near the beach. they still have concerns about how to make a living in taiwan,
this was the seat of ancient irish kings for seven centuries. st. patrick baptized king aengus here in about 450 a.d. in around 1100, an irish king gave cashel to the church, and it grew to become the ecclesiastical capital of all ireland. 800 years ago, this monastic community was just a chapel and a round tower standing high on this bluff. it looked out then, as it does today, over the plain of tipperary, called the golden vale because its rich soil makes it ireland's best farmland. on this historic rock, you stroll among these ruins in the footsteps of st. patrick, and wandering through my favorite celtic cross graveyard, i feel the soul of ireland.
glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's thursday, february 11th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. the world nuclear authority has weighed into the zika virus to discuss using radiation to combat the mosquito-borne disease. the international atomic energy on wednesday opened to reporters outside of austria, researching ways to use nuclear techniques to sterilize male mosquitos. the method involves exposing larvae to make them im potent, and they're released to the wild which don't